Memorial Day: Recipes and Traditions
In the United States, Memorial Day is a national holiday celebrating all those who have died in the nation's wars or while in the military. The holiday takes place on the last Monday in May, and the long weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for Americans.
When the holiday was first recognized, shortly after the American Civil War, it was known as Decoration Day. Over time people began calling it Memorial Day instead, and by the mid-20th century, the switch was complete.
A long tradition of family picnics in late spring predates Memorial Day, especially in the South. Favorite memorial day picnic dishes include grilled hamburgers, seasonal vegetables, potato salad and strawberry shortcake.
Many families also visit the gravesites of family and friends who are gone and lay flowers or other mementos. Small-town Memorial Day parades with a strong veteran element are a long-standing American tradition, The famous Indianapolis 500 car race is run every Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day Recipes
Try these recipes for a Memorial Day backyard barbecue or for munching as you watch the parade go by.
(German potato salad)
(American Southern barbecue pork sandwich)
(Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut sauce)
(Middle Eastern chickpea and sesame dip)
(American lemon beverage)
(German deviled, stuffed eggs appetizer)
(Jamaican spicy grilled chicken)
(American fried chicken with a crispy crust)
(Greek grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat)
(Guatemalan radish salad)
(American potatoes with mayonnaise)
(Central Asian grilled skewered lamb)
(American strawberries with a sweet biscuit)
(American blueberry-filled double-crust tart)
(Turkish potato salad)
(American cabbage salad)
(Spanish fruited wine)
(Georgian chicken under a brick)
(Canadian salmon grill-roasted on aromatic wood)
(Hawaiian-American barbecued beef short ribs)
(Mexican roast corn on the cob)
(Hawaiian-American pasta salad side dish)
(American Southern-Soul slow-cooked pork ribs)
(American grilled beef patty sandwiches)
(American Tex-Mex beans with ground beef)