29th is Gnocchi Day in Argentina!

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For many Argentines, the 29th of each month is Ñoquis (gnocchi) day. Gnocchi, for those who haven’t heard of it, are floury potato dumplings typically served in tomato sauce. On this day each month friends and family come together either at home or at a restaurant to enjoy this hearty dish.

The origins of the day are unclear. Some say it was brought by the Italian immigrants who came to the country in the 19th century. Others think it became popular as a way to eke out the last of the months budget before being paid.

Traditionally money is placed under the plate before eating and either kept for good luck or offered to charity.

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