Monday, February 1, 2016

A Few Fascinating February Facts

How can it be February already? And how many of you used to at least pronounce this month, if not actually spell it, Feb - u - ary? Never mind.

So what’s up for the shortest month of the year? Well, it’s American Heart Month and Black History Month, but it also celebrates Creative Romance Month. What’s ‘creative romance’? Do I really want to know? Probably not, so moving right along. . .

I looked up the origins of the month’s name and found the recital of the Julian vs. Gregorian calendars quite boring. It doesn’t really matter how it got its name, February will always be February. It won’t always be Leap Year, however, but this year gives us an extra day--29 instead of 28. The older one becomes, the more time one can use, so thanks, 2016.

We all know tomorrow is Ground Hog Day. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? I certainly hope not! After the recent balmy days in central Arkansas, I’d welcome the arrival of spring six weeks early!

Two well-known Presidents celebrate birthdays this month: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. So, on the third Monday, school children (and banks and postal workers) will get a holiday from their usual pursuits to mark President’s Day. We used to get Washington’s Birthday off, but a holiday’s a holiday.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on the 10th, so of course Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras will proceed the more solemn occasion. 

For those with a sweet tooth, feel free to eat ice cream for breakfast on Saturday. I might try mine with maple syrup! 

The big day of the month is, of course, Valentine’s Day. The stores start putting out decorations, candy, and cards as soon as Christmas is over! I have fond memories of that day during elementary school. We always had a party (nothing banned in those days!), and some mother would donate one of her husband’s round hat boxes to be decorated as the repository of the Valentines we gave each other. Being chosen to be the postman and deliver all those cards was an honor. I don’t remember it being such a commercial enterprise in those days, but perhaps I just didn’t realize it.

Three days we should really celebrate--or at least remember--every day of every month are Send a Card to a Friend Day (7th), Make a Friend Day (11), National Organ Donor Day (14th), and Random Act of Kindness Day (17th).

For more special days in February, check Bizarre and Unique Holidays.

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