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Where is Couscous Day celebrated?  

Couscous Day is mainly celebrated in North Africa in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, as well as the USA. Couscous is a staple food of north Africans.

Who is Couscous Day celebrated by?

 Couscous Day is celebrated by a diverse community around the world. Couscous is an important part of several North African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cuisines, and is eaten in many other parts of the world as an accompaniment to a meal. It is made from wheat semolina, which is made from durum wheat. Many north Africans eat Couscous every Friday as a feast or summer barbecue.

When did Couscous Day first start?

 You can use couscous to make soups, salads, main courses, and even desserts. The day was first established in 2020 to raise awareness about this versatile grain as a tasty and healthy alternative to rice, pasta, and noodles. 

Who started Couscous Day?

The Branded Food Group (BFG) was the organization that established Couscous Day to help people learn about the history of couscous and discover the health benefits of couscous.

The history and discovery of couscous are quite fascinating. Read on to learn more.

History And Timeline

Couscous is a versatile dish that is used in almost every part of Africa. It is a staple food in the North African countries of Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco. Couscous, being a good source of fiber, protein and the antioxidant selenium, is also low in fat and calories.

13th Century

First Written Reference

The first written reference to couscous dates back to the 13th century.


First Manufacturing Plant

The world’s first manufacturing plant for the production of couscous was based in Algeria.


First Couscous Fest

Since 1998, Couscous Fest is celebrated every year in San Vito Lo Capo in September.


Couscous In UNESCO.

Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia obtained official recognition for the knowledge and practices pertaining to the production and consumption of couscous on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in December 2020.


Couscous Fest

A 10 days festival entirely dedicated to couscous was celebrated in September in San Vito Lo Capo, in the Province of Trapani, where many dishes were cooked using couscous.

Traditions And Customs

 There is not a wedding, party, or family reunion in some parts of North Africa that is celebrated without couscous. The preparation of couscous is a ceremonial process and has a number of steps. It begins with grinding semolina grains, which is done by hand using millstones or mills to make room for smaller grits. The couscous then needs to be rolled according to traditional Moroccan guidelines until it reaches the appropriate size in regards to width, length, and shape.

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate Couscous Day

Celebrate by cooking a bowl of tasty and colorful couscous dishes for lunch or dinner today! On the occasion of National Couscous Day, try different recipes made with fluffy couscous, spices and oil (pair it with vegetables like tomato, mushroom, red onion, garlic, or meat like beef) or cook from new recipes online! You can also make time to gather with your loved ones and prepare a meal of some vegetarian summer dishes using one of the world's most versatile grains, couscous.

Facts And Stats

  • Couscous is a traditional North African dish from the Berber tribe, popular in America. Hence, Americans love celebrating this day. After one month of celebrating this day, a 10 days celebration is directed towards couscous.
  • Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese are the three main types of couscous. Do try your favorite Lebanese dish with couscous on Couscous day.
  • Some people also celebrate this day with the belief that it brings luck, abundance, and blessings.

FAQs About Couscous Day

Why is it called couscous?

Berbers, the ethnic group of North Africa, named the dish, which in their language means well-formed.

What kind of meal is couscous?

Although couscous looks like a grain, it's actually pasta made from semolina flour.

How do medical workers celebrate couscous day?

They celebrate by preparing couscous dishes with olive oil and vegetables to make them healthier.

What are the limitations in celebrating couscous day?

There are no known limitations that restrict people from celebrating this day.

Who encouraged the celebration of couscous day?

The Branded Food Group (BFG) Limited in 2020 created this day to raise awareness about these delicious grains.

What are some ways we can celebrate couscous day?

Couscous day can be celebrated by cooking delicious traditional dishes made using couscous, garlic, and olive oil, steamed to perfection.

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When Is This Day Celebrated

Date Day
August 04, 2020 Tuesday
August 04, 2021 Wednesday
August 04, 2022 Thursday
August 04, 2023 Friday
August 04, 2024 Sunday

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