National Doughnut (or Donut) Day is celebrated the first Friday of June. It was first celebrated in 1938.
Holidayinsights.com tells the history of the National Doughnut Day: “The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army “lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a moral boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army’s “first doughnut girl”.”
HINT: Often, this day is used as a fund raiser for Salvation Army’s helping projects. Offer an abundant donuts collection to your customers and guests today. If you have international customers, make signs that name the equivalents for their country (although state well clear that doughnuts are not the same as their locals, rather the American equivalent. Then your guests will appreciate your cultural awareness and sensitivity). Forward all generous donations to the Salvation Army – it’s giving back to the community.
Only to name a few equivalents: Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doughnut
Australians have traditional doughnuts and their own famous one filled with jam.
Austria’s equivalent are called ‘Krapfen’ and are especially popular in the Carneval season (Fasching), usually they are filled with jam or vanilla cream
Belgium: ‘Smoutebollen’, sometimes filled with apple chunks, usually eaten with powdered sugar on them
China: long deep-fried doughnut sticks that are often quite oily, hence their name in Mandarin, yóutiáo (油條, lit. oil strips); in Cantonese, this doughnut-style pastry is called ‘yàuhjagwái’ (油炸鬼). These pastries are not sweet and are often served with congee, a traditional rice porridge.
Croatia and Serbia: Doughnuts similar to ‘Berliner’ (see Germany), they are called ‘Krofna’ or ‘Krafna’
Danmark: doughnuts exist in their ‘American’ shape, or are ‘Berliner’ (see Germany)
France: In France and in New Orleans, Louisiana, there exists a fried pastry called a ‘beignet’, which is sometimes described as a French doughnut
Germany: equivalent is called ‘Berliner’, except in Berlin, Dresden (and some other German areas) where they are called ‘Pfannkuchen’. In middle Germany, they are ‘Kreppel’, in southern Germany ‘Krapfen’. They are not ring-shaped, rather solid, filled with jam and eaten with powdered sugar on them. (see picture)
In Greece, there is a doughnut-like snack, called ‘Loukoumas’ (λουκουμάς), which comes in two types (one is shaped like the number 8; the other is torus shaped like the number 0), from which the first one is crispier, whereas the second one is larger and softer.