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National ice cream day/month, let’s have lody! Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Culture

Did you know that in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day? He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2013, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 21.

Founded in 1900, IICA is the trade association for manufacturers and distributors of ice cream and other frozen dessert products. The association’s activities range from legislative and regulatory advocacy to market research, education and training. Its 80 member companies manufacture and distribute an estimated 85% of the ice cream and frozen dessert products consumed in the United States. IICA is a constituent organization of IDFA.

Do Poles celebrate ice cream day? I don’t think so, although it sounds like a fun holiday!

Here are few useful words for ice cream lovers:

lody – ice cream

lody na patyku – ice cream on a stick

lody gałkowe – ice cream by the scoop

lody kręcone – soft swirl ice cream

lodziarnia – ice cream shop

gałka – scoop

wafel/wafelek – waffle

lody czekoladowe – chocolate ice cream

lody waniliowe – vanilla ice cream

lody owocowe – berry ice cream

And just for fun, Polish Disco Polo song about summer and ice cream:


Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. russ:

    And “bez mleka” (without milk) is useful for lactose intolerant people or vegans, looking for non-milk-based fruit sorbets.