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National Mushroom Hunting Day was founded by a writer in 2014

National Mushroom Hunting Day was founded by a writer in 2014
National Mushroom Hunting Day, celebrated May 17, was founded by freelance writer Jace Shoemaker-Galloway in 2014 to mark the start of the foraging season. Photo by Tupi/Pixabay.com

May 17 (UPI) -- National Mushroom Hunting Day, celebrated annually on May 17, was started by a freelance writer in 2014 to celebrate the start of foraging season.

The holiday was founded in 2014 by freelance writer Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, who founded about two dozen of her own holidays after a decade of writing about various celebrations around the world.

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"From morels, porcini and black trumpets to matsutake and chanterelles, foraging for mushrooms has become an annual tradition for many. For some, it can be a lucrative business," Shoemaker-Galloway wrote on the holiday's official website.

Other holidays and observances for May 17 include International Child Helpline Day; International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia; National Cherry Cobbler Day; National Mushroom Hunting Day; National Pack Rat Day; National Walnut Day; Pinot Grigio Day; World Hypertension Day; World Information Society Day; World Neurofibromatosis Day; World Telecommunication and Information Society Day and World Telecommunication Day.

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