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Dessert lovers, join! Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday celebrated with a slice of pie.

Designated a national holiday by Congress in 2009 and International Day of Mathematics by the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2014, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 because the numerical date 3/14 matches the first three digits of pi , which are 3.14.

Not only is “pie” the name of many people’s favorite all-American dessert, the mathematical value “pi” — often symbolized using the Greek letter 𝝿 — is the ratio of a circle’s circumference, (the measure around the circle) to its diameter , (the straight line across that intersects the circle.) No matter the circle’s size, this ratio will always be equal to pi.

What exactly is pi’s value? Well, mathematicians aren’t entirely sure. It’s an irrational number, meaning it never ends and never repeats. Pi has been calculated out to the trillionth decimal place with no end in sight, but it is generally accepted to be somewhere near 3.14.

Centerville Pie employees Lisa Billiter, left, Cindy Smith and Diane Thayer pose with customer favorites, cherry, Cape Cod Crunch and apple pies at their Centerville bakery and shop on March 10.

The history behind Pi Day

Physicist Larry Shaw at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, a public learning lab and museum dedicated to the sciences, is credited with organizing the first Pi Day celebration in 1988.

According to the Exploratorium, at the first Pi Day, Shaw, who would eventually be dubbed the “Prince of Pi,” and his wife set out fruit pies and tea, led a parade around the museum and even created a “Pi Shrine.” They finished off the festivities by circling the shrine exactly 3.14 times.

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