Guess The Holiday Today

Look at that pie. It looks tasty. But why in the world is it covered in numbers? That's a bit of an unusual way to decorate a pie. I know the secret, and soon you will too. A hint: today is a Holiday! I'm not making it up, and I'm not talking about St. Patrick's Day, either. It is a day beloved by junior high students, high school students, mathematicians, and pie-lovers (and those who just like an excuse to celebrate another day).

Woah, what do all of those people have in common? That's a pretty random collage of groups. The reason it all works out is because it's Pi day! And don't worry, that's not a typo. I spelled it right. It really is Pi day! But, for those of us who love pie, we stretch it to include an "e" at the end of that first word. To me, it's Pie Day just as much as it is Pi Day. It's another excuse to eat Pie. Thanksgiving is too far away.

So here's some info for you to gobble up, along with a pie, to give you a little background on this day. Even if you knew about this day and have a pie in the oven already, hopefully there's something new you can learn.

What is it?

Pi is a mathematical term represented by this symbol:

It symbolizes 3.14159265... etc. It has trillions of calculated digits, but goes on forever. It is better known as 3.14. It is used to calculate the circumference and area of a circle. This has many applications in real life, so it is taught quite heavily in schools.

Why Today?

Today is March, 3, 2014 (3/14/14). The third month, and the 14th day. 3.14, or pi.

How it Came to Be:

The day's founder is credited to Larry Shaw. Started in 1988, they celebrated 3.14 with pi activities and pie.

How it is Celebrated:

Math teachers and their students mostly celebrate this day. They do activities involving pi and circumference. They measure circles and eat pies. They bring them, they eat them, and they have pie-eating contests. Fun abounds on Pi day in the classrooms (and though the kids are probably loving the pie they get to eat, they do get to practice with pi in formulas and other scenarios.) It sounds like a blast, so why not take it into your own home?

How you Can Celebrate:

Bake a pie! (Or buy a pie) Use the excuse to invite family and friends over. They will hopefully have fun with the spontaneity of it. You could even measure the circumference and area of the pi you make. If nothing else, maybe they'll just like the pie and the time spent with you.

If you get really into this day (or just want another reason to bake a pie), Pi Approximation Day is July 22, if you divide 7 from 22 (22/7), you get 3.14. Mark it on your calendars!

Try a Pie!

Below is a recipe to try if you want to make a pie today.


    Sydney Hill
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2012
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Apple Pie

Serving size: 12
Calories per serving: 133

recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie

3/4 pounds unsalted Mid America Farms Butter, 3 (1-pound) boxes

3/4 ounce all-purpose Conagra All Purpose Flour, 25 pounds

1/4 cup Water, 1 gallon

3 1/3 ounces white C&H Pure Cane White Sugar, 10 pounds

3 1/3 ounces packed C&H Brown Sugar, 4 pound

8 granny smith Red Delicious Apples, pound - peeled, cored and sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

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