National Crab Rangoon Day

National Crab Rangoon Day is observed next on Thursday, February 13th, 2025 (235 days from today).

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National Crab Rangoon Day is observed annually on February 13th since 2009. It's time to celebrate with your girlfriends this special holiday that is strategically placed before “Single Awareness Day”.

History of National Crab Rangoon Day

Step back in history: In 2009, Bostonian friends Kara Sweeney, Sarah White, and Kristin Ostrem declared February 13 as National Rangoon Crab Day, celebrating fried dumplings in Boston, New York, and Vail. , CO for lovers, losers, and heartbroken alike. Until 2011, this unofficial and inactive holiday had its own website (, which is now defunct. However, the spirit lives on through the memes and tweets.

The crab Rangoon was most likely invented at (or at least institutionalized by) Trader Vic's Polynesian (aka Tiki) restaurant around the 1950s, verifiable appearing on the internet. Their menu dates back to at least 1956. Rangoon (correctly known as Yangon) is the old capital city of Burma, but not the recipe source of cream cheese and moist wonders deep fried in crab oil. Cooking techniques, wonton wrap, and filling styles were identified as Chinese-American by the mid-century.

Try our crab Rangoon recipe, complete with filling variations for those who can't eat seafood, or just order some from the best Chinese eatery in your neighborhood. If the name "crab Rangoon" sounds unfamiliar, you probably know them as crab dumplings, crab pillows, cheese wontons, or cheese wontons.

No matter what the name is, just take a bite and you will find yourself super out of mediocrity. Completely immersed in a sense of excitement and mystery, you will have no choice but to tap into your deepest feelings of love.

This traditional appetizer was invented at a Polynesian restaurant in the mid-1950s. Crab Rangoon are commonly known as crab pillows, crab dumplings, cheese wontons or cheese wontons.

Crab Rangoon are usually enjoyed with soy sauce, plum sauce, sweet and sour sauce or mustard for dipping. In case you are curious what is the difference between wonton and donut… wonton is a typical Chinese/Cantonese dish and is usually boiled for preparation. Rangoon is a type of fried dumpling found in other Southeast Asian countries and very popular with crab filling served inside.

How to celebrate National Crab Rangoon Day

You can basically use National Crab Rangoon Day as a day to laugh at your unrealistic expectations: no, the boy from your morning class didn't send you a folded paper that says "Friday?” It is common if he doesn't break up with his girlfriend to know that he belongs to you. So, take off your uncomfortable shoes (which you just had to put on the day before Valentine's Day to enjoy your last chance to be asked out) and spend time with your friends to realize that no Can date on Valentine's Day.

Also, your National Crab Rangoon Day will be a great time to plan your game for the next day (V-Day). While you and your friends are figuring out the missing cause of your willingness to date, start mentally preparing for what you'll face tomorrow. There's no need to grieve because you're stuffed full of crabs, so smile widely and (at least pretend) be happy for all those in love.


National Crab Rangoon Day has been observed annually on February 13th.


Monday, February 13th, 2023

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Thursday, February 13th, 2025

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Saturday, February 13th, 2027

Founded by

Kara Sweeney in 2009

Kristin Ostrem in 2009

Sarah White in 2009

Also on Thursday, February 13th, 2025