Yep, today is a day to celebrate that relative of the onion that’s also lovingly known as the stinking rose. To celebrate, just add a little garlic to your next meal and enjoy! That’s pretty much it, really, as there’s not much more to this unusually specific celebration. According to legend, garlic grew where Satan’s left foot was when he left the Garden of Eden (if you’re curious about the other foot, it apparently produced an onion). So basically, I guess, eating garlic is like snacking on Satan’s footprint, which I’m sure we’re never likely to see in an ad from garlic growers. They’ll instead focus on the myriad of health benefits from this wonder food.
But I would be remiss to not mention it’s incredible ability to ward off the “evil eye.” For those unfamiliar, this is essentially a curse made with the eyes, sort like that look you make when someone cuts you off in traffic. It’s equally known for being good vampire repellent, should you find yourself worried about coming into contact with one. And if this happens often you really should consider moving. But if you feel it’s necessary, simply drape some garlic around your neck and you’re good to out for the night. Diseases caused by mosquito bites used to be referred to as “the touch of the vampire” but as it turns out, garlic works pretty well as a repellent for those little bloodsuckers as well.
There’s even folklore surrounding dreams about garlic. If you dream about the garlic that’s sitting in your house, it’s considered a sign of good luck. Just don’t tell anyone as it’s also cosidered a sign of insanity. If instead, you dream of actually eating it, not just enjoying the fact that it happens to be there, you will discover hidden secrets when you awake. Hopefully one of these will be an answer to why the hell you’re dreaming about garlic all the time. It is pretty delicious though, but still not really dream worthy. Better to just stick with more common sense things like thwarting werewolves or lightly beating brides-to-be with garlic stalks to make sure they bear healthy children. Yeah… people can get pretty weird about their garlic.
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M. Graham watercolors: Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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