Many colleges and universities celebrate 'Banana Day' with a variety of events, including games, trivia, a bunch of banana concoctions to eat and drink, and students dressing up as a banana or a gorilla.
West Chester University in Pennsylvania began an annual BANANA DAY in 1996. That year 3,000 bananas were given to people on campus and over 50 hours of service contributed to the community. Since then it has become a morale and school pride booster for everyone.
|Fine Art Print by Lets Keep Calm|
There are almost 1000 varieties of bananas in the world, with the most well known one being the Cavendish banana, which is the one grown for export. Bananas are grown in some 150 countries and produce about 105 million tons of fruit every year. Did you know that bananas are botanically a berry?
Olivia Morris tells us all about National Banana Day in her article here on Review This!
|Banana Costume by The Costume Cafe|
If you want to dress up as a banana for National Banana Day, Sara Carter makes adorable costumes in many styles and sizes. Here's her banana costume for kids.
Sara, a midwestern girl now living in Austin, Texas, loves to create unique costumes for kids that fit well and allow them to move freely. She thinks most costumes should be able to come on and off easily and be layered over street clothes. Her specialty is costumes that look good enough to eat...
Sara's food-related costumes from infant size to adult can be found in her Etsy Shop she calls The Costume Cafe.
Banana Play Food
Besides being a delicious fruit to eat, bananas can be a fun play food for little ones.
|Plush Banana Fruit Playfood|
This cute banana plush is all hand crocheted by Olivia Laws of Tennessee. It can be found in her Etsy Shop Olivia Laws Art.
This little nanner doesn't have any removable parts, so it makes a good teething toy. It also makes a great unique stress ball plushy or decoration
Gorillas Love Banana Day
Baby Gorilla is a plush toy version of a zoo or jungle animal from the family of apes. He is handmade in crochet using light brown and eggshell white acrylic yarn and filled with new soft fiberfill. His eyes and nose are plastic safety craft eyes. His 'smile' is embroidered in yarn.
Baby Gorilla wears a blue bib with an appliqued yarn heart in pink. The bib is tied on with a bow and is removable.
Baby Gorilla measures 8 inches tall in a sitting position. His legs are about 3 inches long and his arms (always longer than the legs on gorillas) are 5 inches long. He's available in my Etsy Shop Coastal Crochet Crafts.
Other Banana Days
April brings us National Banana Day, but that's not the only day we celebrate the banana fruit.
- February 23 is National Banana Bread Day. With this delicious homemade banana bread recipe from Sylvestermouse, you don't have to wait until February every year to enjoy this tasty banana treat.
- March 2 is National Banana Cream Pie Day. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making a whole pie, this quick & easy Banana Pudding Recipe from Susan Deppner is a terrific substitute for celebrating this day.... and any day you get a craving for a banana dessert!
- And.... August 27 is National Banana Lovers Day
So be sure and enjoy bananas in ALL its forms on these special days.... and every day!
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