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National Bagel and Lox Day

February 9, 2023 All day

February 9th is National Bagel and Lox Day!

Bagels and lox is a classic Jewish-American dish that has been enjoyed for generations. The bagel, a ring-shaped bread, originated in Eastern Europe in the early 17th century, and quickly became a staple in Jewish communities. It is said that the first bagels were created as a tribute to the King of Poland, Jan III Sobieski, who helped defend the city of Vienna from an Ottoman invasion in 1683. To celebrate the victory, bakers shaped their bread like the king’s stirrups.

The tradition of eating bagels with lox, a thinly sliced smoked salmon, began in the early 20th century in New York City. Jewish immigrants who worked in the city’s Lower East Side fish markets would take home leftover fish and eat it on bagels for breakfast. Over time, the dish became more popular, and bagels and lox spread to other parts of the country and the world.

Today, bagels and lox are a popular breakfast or brunch dish in many Jewish-American communities, and can be found in many delis and restaurants. The dish has also inspired countless variations and adaptations, with different types of bagels, spreads, and toppings.

Happy National Bagel and Lox Day!