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)
(Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut sauce)
(American Southern barbecue pork sandwich)
(Middle Eastern chickpea and sesame dip)
(American lemon beverage)
(German deviled, stuffed eggs appetizer)
(Greek grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat)
(Jamaican spicy grilled chicken)
(American fried chicken with a crispy crust)
(Guatemalan radish salad)
(Central Asian grilled skewered lamb)
(American potatoes with mayonnaise)
(American blueberry-filled double-crust tart)
(American strawberries with a sweet biscuit)
(Turkish potato salad)
(Georgian chicken under a brick)
(Hawaiian-American barbecued beef short ribs)
(American cabbage salad)
(Spanish fruited wine)
(Canadian salmon grill-roasted on aromatic wood)
(American Southern-Soul slow-cooked pork ribs)
(Mexican roast corn on the cob)
(Hawaiian-American pasta salad side dish)
(American Tex-Mex beans with ground beef)
(American grilled beef patty sandwiches)