National Fortune Cookie Day - July 20
Thu, Jul 20, 2023

National Fortune Cookie Day

National Fortune Cookie Day is when you can enjoy a delicious dessert and get a prediction. This treat is common in Japan as a street food. Each cookie contains a piece of paper with one phrase; it can be ancient wisdom, an interesting puzzle or just a nice wish. There are also wise thoughts from famous philosophers. According to statistics, annually Americans eat about 3 billion fortune cookies. Its popularity merits its own holiday.

The History

In many Japanese restaurants that are common in America, guests must be served small fortune cookies. On the one hand, this is part of Japanese culture, and on the other hand, it is an advertising move that attracts customers. Fortune-telling treats originally appeared in Japan in the 19th century and only spread to America in the 20th century. Pastry chefs baked darker-colored cookies and sprinkled them with sesame seeds to distinguish them from treats that didn’t have a surprise in them. They were brought to America by immigrants from Japan in the late 19th century.

Interesting Facts

  • The largest number of fortune cookies are consumed in New York City. There, these cookies are round.
  • Aphorisms or advice are often written on a piece of paper; there can also be lucky numbers.
  • The cookie recipe is extremely simple – flour, sugar, vanilla, and butter. The taste is pleasant, and the texture is soft.

How to take part

Buy fortune cookies for yourself and your friends or bake your own. You can also go to a Japanese restaurant, where you will definitely be served one. You can also organize a fortune cookie party, which is fun and interesting.

When is National Fortune Cookie Day Celebrated in 2023?

National Fortune Cookie Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 20th each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday July 20 2023
Saturday July 20 2024
Sunday July 20 2025
Monday July 20 2026