Celebrating February — A Month’s Worth of Fun

I just love holidays.  Give me a reason to celebrate and I’m already looking for coordinating cake pans and polishing the silver.   JavaBoy definitely follows in my footsteps and JavaGirl, still too young to realize that every day is NOT a party, is always along for the ride.  So imagine my bliss, when I discovered a sitethat lists all the bonafide national monthly/weekly/daily observances (a few are international) in the US.  Some are for serious topics, but many are downright silly.  I love how most of them make you delve into topics you might now have otherwise though of — from the serious issue of being role models for parents who may need training in order to learn how to be better parents to their children (to prevent a history of generations of child abuse) to the silliness of pancake lore.  Go to the Brownielocks.com holiday site for the full listing of days, but I’ve extracted some of the ones that intrigued me and some links (some are the official sponsors of the holidays, some not) and listed them below.

February Monthly Observances

  • Bake for Family Fun Month – the thought here is that the family that bakes together, makes great memories together — how true!  Check the site out for recipes and more cooking resources.
  • Library Lovers Month– have you visited your local library lately?  If not, go today and remind yourself how much fun it was to use that library card.
  • National Bird Feeding Month – February is the hardest month for birds to sustain themselves — help them out!
  • National Laugh-Friendly Month – Sponsored by a local company, this is part charitable effort, part changing-the-world one laugh at a time.  I believe the world always needs more laughter.
  • National Parent Leadership Month
  • National Time Management Month – you know, just in case you still haven’t bought your 2009 calendar…
  • Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month — yes, it is, and yes, it is a real problem — reportedly millions go missing each year, at a cost to retailers.  Some become “property’ of homeless, but some are just the result of pranks.  Help out — return your carts to cart stalls and if you see a wayward cart in the parking lot, roll it on in to the store or stall. 

February Weekly Observances

  • Random Acts of Kindness Week: 11-17 — This link will take you to an entire ORGANIZATION devoted to RAKs that includes downloadable calendars with suggestions of things to do several days of each month to be kind, i.e. pulling the weeds out of a neighbor’s yard.   Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all took the time to do that?
  • Great Backyard Bird Count Week: 13-16
  • National Pancake Week: 22-28
  • American Crossword Puzzle Week: 27-3/1

February Daily Observances

February has a lot of food-related (especially sweets) holidays… hmm, wonder if that has something to do with Valentine’s Day… or all those resolutions we made on January 1?

  • Susan B. Anthony Day: 15
  • National Gum Drop Day: 15
  • Chocolate Mint Day: 19
  • Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day: 20    I kid you not, the way to celebrate this day is, “At high noon (local time) citizens are asked to go outdoors and yell “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase winter and make ready for spring, one month from now.”
  • Clam Chowder Day: 21
  • Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day: 21 
  • Single Tasking Day: 21  try it – you just may like it! 
  • Apparently on the 24th all we can think about is stuffing our faces:
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day: 25  A day to switch our perspective on things.
  • National Chili Day: 26
  • International Sword Swallowers Day: 28 — let me know if you run into one — a sword swallower I mean, not a sword.
  • National Tooth Fairy Day: 28
  • Open That Bottle Night: 28  The idea is that whatever bottle of wine or bubbly you’ve been saving for “something special” — tonight is the night — open that baby up and enjoy!  Sounds good to me!
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  1. Ok, i’m gonna celebrate the hoodie hoo one, because i’m tired of winter. love the “open that bottle night” and the hubby will love to know about the chili day. i think i unknowingly celebrated the “return the shopping cart” one when the kids next door in my old neighborhood kept stealing the shopping carts from Food Lion and leaving them on our street.

  2. JavaDad says:

    Here’s one that won’t occur again for another 7 years: Square Root Day.

    Totally without meaning, but another way to find some “order in our lives, a little like the early morning of June 7, 1989: 01:23:45 6/7/89