Here’s What the Colorful Tags on Bread Bags Actually Mean

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We bet most people do not pay attention to the colorful little plastic clips on bread bags. It’s more than just a decoration. These tags can show us how fresh the loaf is. Get ready to be blown away!

How to Find the Freshest Bread

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Instagram star and life-hack expert Jordan Howlett recently posted a reel that became absolutely viral. Thanks to that video, we’re on to picking the freshest bread from now on. Trust us, this is a game-changer!

In the reel, Howlett asks the staff in a grocery store about the colorful tags on bread bags, also known as “buckles” and “tabs.” It turns out that their purpose is to tell us when the loaf was baked and packaged. They also help the staff when stocking the shelves. Most big shops follow a schedule with color tags. Here’s what they mean:

  • Monday – Blue
  • Tuesday – Green
  • Thursday – Red
  • Friday – White
  • Saturday – Yellow

There’s Actually More

Most bakeries don’t produce bread on Sundays and Wednesdays, so they’re omitted. However, color tags also match the days of the week when listed alphabetically. For example, as “blue” starts with ‘b’ which is one of the first letters in the alphabet, it corresponds to Monday.

Does it sound confusing? We’ll explain! If you go for groceries on a Friday, you should pick a loaf with a white or red tag, as these will be the freshest ones! Mindblowing. Your trips to the grocery store will never be the same!

The Historic Trans Bhutan Trail Has Now Been Reopened to Hikers

The historic Trans Bhutan Trail was reopened this fall after decades of disuse and disrepair. The 250-mile cross-country trek was all but abandoned after the construction of more convenient highways in the 1960s. Now hikers can go on it once again.

The Trans Bhutan Trail Is Now Open

Forest along the Trans Bhutan Trail

Ambitious hikers can try the Trans Bhutan Trail along its entire length through the southern end of the Eastern Himalayas. The trail goes through fortresses, villages, rice paddies, old temples, suspension bridges, and forests. It also offers plenty of views and experiences in the wilderness and capital cities. It is a true cross-country trek that celebrates the kingdom’s past, present, and future.

Apparently, the Trans Bhutan Trail dates as far back as the 16th century, and over that time, it has served many purposes. It was a popular route for religious Buddhism pilgrimage, soldiers and armies, and legendary couriers who ran its length to deliver secret messages and mail. The route was also crucial for the local economy and provided access to trade.

The Restoration Took Three Years

A bridge along the Trans Bhutan Trail

After the construction of highways in the country sent the trail into neglect and nature erased miles of the path, the king of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, decided to rehabilitate it and announced his decision in 2019. It took the country three years to make it happen, but as of September 28, 2022, the Trans Bhutan Trail’s entire length is once again open for locals and international travelers who want to bike, hike, or run.

Hikers can experience various landscapes throughout the Trans Bhutan Trail. These range from rugged mountain passes to lush forests and expansive wilderness. The trail also passes through villages, temples, and major cities, and hikers can even stay at campsites with showers and permanent tents. There are even three-star hotels in the towns that the trail passes through.

The Trans Bhutan Trail Connects Many Communities

People going through the Trans Bhutan Trail The Trans Bhutan Trail connects many villages and communities that were disconnected for decades. It owes its current existence to a collaboration between government, non-profit, and community organizations. The Royal Government of Bhutan, local governments and trail communities, the Tourism Council of Bhutan, the National Land Commission, public agencies, the Scouts Association of Bhutan, and volunteers from the DeSuung organization all did their part to restore the trail. The Bhutanese people were also actively involved with many volunteering on restoration projects.

So, hikers who want to tackle the trail can experience Bhutan’s terrain, its history, and its modern-day culture. No permits are currently required to hike the trail, although international visitors have to hire a guide throughout the trail and all of Bhutan for the duration of their stay.