When: September 13th
Where: United States
The easiest way to celebrate this day is by ordering some Chinese food takeout and looking in the bottom of the bag for those delicious and curious little shapely snacks called "fortune cookies." You can collect some and call up some friends and play a game by reading or tying to guess each other's fortunes, based on the wise phrase found inside the cookies.
Though not all agree, it has been claimed by David Jung the founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company in L.A. that fortune cookies were made by a San Francisco bakery, Benkyodo in the year 1918.
The little cookie that often accompanies Asian cuisine as a small treat or appetizer and carries a message inside, is a crisp sweet cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil. The cookie's main claim to fame and what makes it different than any other cookie in the market is the piece of paper inside, called a "fortune", on which some type of words of wisdom or prediction is printed. The message inside may also include a Chinese phrase with translation to english or a list of lucky numbers.
Fortune cookies usually come complimentary with Chinese take out food but also can be served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants. In the United States and although the name might suggest, the cookies are not actually of Chinese origin. The exact origin of fortune cookies is unknown, but there are many people in California for example that claim to have created them in the USA.