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Kebab Day

Celebrate Kebab Day with friends and family - enjoy delicious kebabs made from your favorite meats, sauces, and veggies!
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Get your taste buds ready for Kebab Day, celebrated on the second Friday of July! This delicious holiday was created to honor the tasty tradition of kebabs – skewered meats and vegetables that are grilled or roasted. Kebabs have been around since ancient times, when they were popular in Turkey, Persia, and India. Today, there is a huge variety of kebab dishes from all over the world that can be enjoyed. So grab some skewers and get cooking for Kebab Day!

History of Kebab Day

Kebab Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origin of Kebabs</div><div class='timeline-text'>The creation of kebabs can be traced back to the Middle East in the 19th century, notably in regions like Turkey and Persia where skewered and grilled meats became popular.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1900s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kebabs Spread Globally</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kebabs, including variants like the Greek souvlaki or Indian tikka, spread across the globe in the 20th century, becoming a beloved international dish.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kebabs in America</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kebabs were introduced to America in the mid-20th century, predominantly by Turkish and Greek immigrants, and quickly became a popular street food.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Variations and Innovations</div><div class='timeline-text'>From the 1990s onwards, culinary innovation led to a myriad of kebab versions such as vegetarian kebabs, seafood kebabs, and fusion cuisine kebabs.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kebabs in Fine Dining</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 21st century, kebabs have also found a place in upscale and gourmet dining venues, lifted from street food status to high-end dishes with complex flavors.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Kebab Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2015, the first Kebab Day was celebrated on the second Friday of July, created in honor of this versatile and delicious dish loved by millions worldwide.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Kebab Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a new kebab recipe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the opportunity to explore a new kebab recipe. Whether it’s a classic shish kebab, chicken doner, or falafel wrap, there’s something out there for everyone.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a kebab party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends to a Kebab Day party! Have everyone bring their favorite kebab dish and have a great time trying all the different flavors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a kebab restaurant</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find the best local kebab place and take the opportunity to try something new. A lamb doner with hummus and tahini? Sounds like the perfect Kebab Day meal.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn about kebabs</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Kebabs are very popular in many different cultures. Take some time to research the origins of kebabs and learn about the different varieties around the world.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own kebabs</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Don't be scared to make your own kebabs from scratch! Gather your favorite ingredients and spices and get creative with your own version of the classic dish.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Kebab Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kebabs are delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't love a good kebab? The combination of fresh meats, vegetables and spices is simply irresistible. Plus, there are so many ways to customize your kebab with different flavors and ingredients. From traditional Greek souvlaki to Turkish doner kebabs, you can make yours as simple or as fancy as you'd like!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kebabs are versatile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Kebabs don't just have to be eaten on sticks! You can serve them in flatbread wraps for an easy lunch, or use them as toppings on burgers and salads. You can even slice them up and throw them into pasta dishes or stir fries for added flavor and protein.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kebabs are fun to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's something about preparing a meal on a skewer that just makes it seem more lively and fun. Whether it's a friendly barbecue with family and friends or a romantic dinner with your special someone, making homemade kebabs is sure to be an enjoyable experience that everyone can enjoy!</p></div></div>

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