Holidays Celebrating Chile Peppers

Pepper Holidays

Chile peppers have become such an enjoyable part of our respective cultures that they've inspired a number of holidays that either directly celebrate a particular variety of chile pepper, or the variety of things chile peppers make possible.

Below, are holidays that pay tribute chile peppers (directly or indirectly), along with a few holidays for the growers of chile peppers. If we've missed one, be sure to let us know. Additionally, there are a number of annual regional festivals that celebrate chile peppers.

Calendar of Holidays for Chile Pepper Enthusiasts

International Hot and Spicy Food Day
January 16th
Hot Sauce Day
January 22nd (Wilbur Scoville's birthday)
National Seed Swap Day
last Sunday in January
National Chili Day
last Thursday in February
National Salsa Month
month of May
National Gardening Exercise Day
June 6th
National Chicken Wing Day
July 29th
Green Peppers Day
August 5th
National Hot and Spicy Food Day
August 19th
Pueblo Chile Day
second Saturday of Colorado State Fair (Colorado)
National Guacamole Day
September 16th
Datil Pepper Day
first Saturday in October (St. Augustine, FL)
National Taco Day
October 4th
National Nachos Day
November 6th
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
November 8th
National Spicy Guacamole Day
November 14th
National Pepper Month
month of November
National Green Chili Day
December 16th
Pepper Pot Day
December 29th

Is There a Chile Pepper Day?

While we we're pleased to know that November is National Pepper Month, we find it disappointing that we're not able to find a day dedicated to the chile pepper. We've found a few mentions of August 5th (which happens to be Green Peppers Day) or September 15th, but neither have enough confirming sources, nor sufficient background information, to say with confidence that such an annual celebratory day exists. Given the holidays chile peppers have inspired and their importance within many cultural recipes, one would think they should have their own special day of recognition and celebration.

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