Reasons to party with garlic
National Garlic Day is April 19th! So celebrate and spend the day eating garlicky dishes.
Picture: Jane, Susan and Edna admire their fine crop of garlic.
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Garlic Superstitions and Garlic Folklore
- Dreaming about having garlic in your house will supposedly bring you good luck (hopefully actually having garlic in your house is even luckier). Dreaming about eating garlic means that you will uncover a hidden secret or two. Either that or you are sleepwalking into the kitchen again. You'll know by your spouse's reaction to your morning breath which one of these is the case.
- Garlic will rid you of bloodsucking vampires, devils, werewolves and the 'evil eye' (European folklore).
- Hanging garlic in a room can protect newborns from evil spirits (Greek folklore).
- Garlic and onions sprang from the footprints of Satan when he was forced out of the garden of Eden (Mohammed's writings).
- Eating garlic repels tigers (Korean folklore). Koreans ate pickled garlic before traveling dangerous mountain passes frequented by striped predators. I think it is more likely that a tiger would appreciate a well seasoned meal!
- Garlic braids over your doors bring good luck while repelling thieves and envious people (random modern mismatch of old beliefs)
- Garlic will make you strong and give you courage (Greek folklore).
- Chicago is named after garlic. The city name is a variation of 'Chicagaoua', the Indian word for wild garlic.
- For more on use of garlic see the history of garlic.
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