Each year on February 9th, fans of this leavened Polish bread gather in their favorite delis and bakeries to honor National Bagel Day and opkveln (that’s “rejoice” in Yiddish) in celebrating all things bagel.
Contrary to popular belief, the bagel’s origin dates back to 1610 in the city of Kraków, where mothers in childbirth received these yeasty rings of dough.
Nowadays, the significance is slightly less traditional, but just as tasty!
Other spellings of b-a-g-e-l:
- beygl (Yiddish)
- baygl (Yiddish)
- bügel (German)
- beigel (adapted)
- beygel (German)
- bajgiel (Polish)
- beugel (German)
How To Celebrate National Bagel Day
Celebrate by schmearing the cream cheese on thick and piling on the lox and capers with tomato and/or red onion — and make sure to use #NationalBagelDay and/or #BagelDay when posting bagel-laden selfies with you and your bubby on social media.
Below: Actual footage of how the Swedish Chef makes bagels. We agree, his approach may be unique, but not unfounded.
Ah, rainbow bagels…the unicorns of Brooklyn!
…a travesty amongst bagel connoisseurs or “the greatest thing since sliced bread”? — you decide.
But make sure you’re informed before jumping to any conclusions by seeing how they’re made.
National Bagel Day Playlist
Do you hear that, Bubby?
It sounds like our National Bagel Day playlist calling your name … in Yiddish of course!
(Really Bad) Bagel Jokes
Q: What kind of bagel can fly?
A: A plane bagel.
I went to the zoo today and saw a bagel locked up in a cage.
Apparently it was bread in captivity.
Q: Why did the bagel lose the election?
A: Because he was the victim of a schmear campaign.
Q: What did the bagel say to the pastor?
A: I’m holier than you.
Q: What do ghosts put on bagels?
A: Scream cheese
Q: Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
A: Because if they flew over the bay they would be bagels.