National What Day - Some Holidays For February and March

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Holidays

Everyone loves a holiday. Any excuse to celebrate will do and some are better than others. Each month there are National Holidays or special days of celebration that range from the normal to the weird. Some are funny and some are just plain outrageous, but who doesn't love a holiday?

I previously wrote about the holidays in October and November as well as December and January. I thought now would be the time to tackle February and March. Follow along and see what you've been missing it's a long ride but you might find some interesting facts.

Wine Facts

  • Human beings have been drinking wine for quite a long time — archaeologists have discovered evidence of consumption in Georgia dated to circa 6000 BC and production sites in Armenia dated to 4100 BC. (http://vinepair.com/wine-101/?gclid=COvZ2_-j0MMCFUojgQodGxIAjA)
  • The act of swirling improves the flavor of wine in two ways. For one, it decants the wine and secondly, it coats the glass with aromas. There are two types of wine swirls that you should learn how to do. The two styles are:

    • Standing Social Swirl (aka The Handheld)
    • Table Top Swirl (http://winefolly.com/tutorial/how-to-swirl-wine/)
  • A fortified wine is a wine that is "fortified" with additional alcohol that's been added to the base wine during fermentation, bringing the average alcohol content up around 17-20%. (http://wine.about.com/od/fortifiedwines/a/Fortifiedwine.htm)
  • If the wine bottle is corked then it should be stored on their sides. If they are stored in the vertical position, then the cork will dry out, which makes it easy for the air to get in and spoil the wine. Always keep the wines storing temperature constant. (http://www.all-about-wine.com/how-to-store-your-wine-optimal.html)

February

Everyone knows about Valentine's Day and everyone knows they'd better not forget it or the ring they get could be the one around their black eye! Did you know that February 1st is Change Your Password Day? While this may seem like a frivolous celebration if you've ever had your computer hacked you certainly know the importance of changing your password. Its also National Freedom Day. Certainly a day to celebrate the freedoms we are blessed with.

February 2 is Candlemas Day. This is the last holiday of the Christmas season. It is the day candles are blessed for the rest of the year.

February 3 is The Day the Music Died Day. I'm sure many of you, well probably all of the Baby Boomers, remember the untimely death of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper in an airplane crash in 1959. This is the day to remember them and the contributions they made in their short lives.

February 4 is National Quacker Day. I know, you're laughing about this but its not about ducks. Evidently there is a Quacker Factory that makes clothes and this is the day they celebrate. I have a feeling the holiday for February 5 will appeal to a lot of you, its National Shower With a Friend Day. Just when the winter blues are getting you down, what better way to warm up and celebrate than to shower with a friend. Write it on your calendar for next year for sure.

February 5 is also National Nutella Day. Nutella, that nutty spread that was once a runner up to peanut butter has now almost moved into first place because of peanut allergies. To find out more go to http://www.nutelladay.com/

Remember Bazooka Bubble Gum? Well, National Bubble Gum Day is February 6! Are you ready? Kite Flying Day is February 8, honest. I don't know about you but I'm not flying any kites in the Northeast on February 8. I guess I'm just not very adventurous.

Here's one I had to throw in though the date changes. Its celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year and its called Blame Someone Else Day. Now I know there's a lot of you reading this thinking its the greatest one I've listed. Imagine the possibilities and what you can get away with on this holiday.

February 17 is International Pancake Day. There's a day you can sink your teeth into, and February 18 is National Drink Wine Day. I'm telling you there's a day for everyone if you just look!

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Dog Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup of Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheese

1/2 Cup of unsweetened Applesauce

1 Cup of any of the following: 1 can of salmon or tuna, drained; shredded beef, chicken, turkey or liver; ground meat or ground turkey or chicken

3 Eggs, beaten

Mix all ingredients together. You can roll out the mixture and using a cookie shape, cut out a size suitable for your dog. Or you can drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet. Warm oven to 350 degrees and bake. Check after 10 minutes. You may want a softer cookie or leave in another 5-10 minutes for a crispier cookie. Cool on a rack. Put cookies in a container and refrigerate some and freeze the rest. You can take them out of the freezer as needed. They are good for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator (if your dog doesn't finish them before that).

This recipe is from the Pet Wiki.

More February Holidays

Okay chocolate lovers, I found one. February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day and for those of you who don't like chocolate (which I find impossible to believe but know its possible) February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day. Have you noticed there's a lot of "food days"?

February 20 is also National Hoodie Hoo Day. I couldn't leave this one but according to People Magazine Online "It's a copyrighted holiday, created and maintained by the folks from Wellcat.com." This is the day when people go outside and wave their hands in the air and shout Hoodie Hoo. Its supposed to help chase away the winter blahs.

Here's one your best friend will like, February 23 is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. What better way to celebrate your dog than with a super special biscuit? Some sites list it as International and others as just National. Either way, happy dog day.

Are you ready? February 24 is National Tortilla Day. So, now that you've made your dog happy its time for you to be happy. This holiday was probably created by a food manufacturer but do we care?

Okay, I have to admit this is my favorite February holiday, National Pistachio Day celebrated on February 26. I probably celebrate this holiday every month of the year. In researching this I found that the red color that used to stain my hands as a kid was added because of its consumer appeal, really. I also found pistachio trees take seven to ten years to mature. No wonder the nuts are so expensive!

March

March starts off with Irish American Month, something to celebrate for everyone! It is also Music in Our Schools Month. This is certainly a subject dear to many hearts, especially with the cutbacks in budget threatening music programs. Perhaps March is a time to try to make administrators more aware of the importance of music in our schools.

March 1 is National Pig Day. A great day to celebrate those pet pot bellied pigs. One more for March 1 you'll probably enjoy, National Peanut Day or National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Who didn't grow up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Certainly a reminder of our youth. March 2 is Dr. Seuss Day, national or not it is a day to celebrate the man who got so many children reading, not to mention adults. March 2 is also Old Stuff Day. Again no National or International, just a day to celebrate all that old stuff. According to holidayinsights.com, "Old Stuff Day is a time to recognize the boring nature of your daily routine, and make some exciting changes."

March 3 is World Wildlife Day. The United Nations declared March 3 World Wildlife Day, “Reaffirming the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including its ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic contributions to sustainable development and human well-being..."

March 4 International Scrapbooking Industry Day. Ready ladies? Go buy all those corners, fancy backgrounds and trimming scissors, this is your day. March 6 is Dentist's Day. While no one likes to go see the dentist, he is responsible for all of us keeping our teeth and fewer people with false teeth, thanks to advances and better care. March 6 is also National Frozen Food Day. Do any of you remember a time when there wasn't frozen food? Frozen foods first hit store shelves in 1930 in Springfield, Ma. thanks to Clarence Birdseye.

March 8 is International Woman's Day. While its a day to celebrate the accomplishments of working women, it wouldn't hurt to celebrate your woman! I couldn't believe the first International Women's Day was March 19, 1911. All of you writers take notice, March 8 is also National Proofreaders Day. What could be better than a day that promotes mistake free writing?

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March 9 is known as National "Get Over it" Day or National Panic Day, certainly an interesting combination. Try to "get over it" whatever it may be and if that doesn't work this is the day to panic. March 13 is National Ear Muffs Day. Anyone who lives in a cold climate knows what a blessing ear muffs can be. Why not give them their own day.

The second Thursday in March is Popcorn Lover's Day and March 14 is Potato Chip Day. Now you're talking my language. Popcorn lovers can thank Bob Matthews for the creation of Popcorn Lover's Day. Potato chips are America's favorite snack food. Thanks go to George Crum of Saratoga Springs who invented the potato chip in 1853.

March 15 is the Ides of March. Julius Caesar told all to beware the Ides of March not knowing it was the day he would meet his death. March 16 is Artichoke Heart Day. If you can't think of an original way to eat artichokes, order a vegetable pizza with artichokes! Of course we all know March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. Get out your green for this one.

March 19 is Poultry Day. What better day to celebrate our fine feathered friends. After all they give us so much. March 20 is filled with feel good days such as Proposal Day, Won't You Be My Neighbor Day, Kiss Your Fiancé Day, World Storytelling Day and more. You should have a very busy day on March 20!

March 22 is International Goof Off Day. I don't think this one needs any explanation but is one we can all enjoy celebrating. March 25 is Waffle Day. Eat them for breakfast or with ice cream for dessert. The day originated in Sweden and is known there as Vaffeldagen Day, and is surely a day we can celebrate anywhere. "Let go my Eggo"!

Okay you might not love this day but March 26 is National Spinach Day. Move over Popeye, we're celebrating our spinach too. While most gardeners won't appreciate it, March 28 is Weed Appreciation Day. If you stop and think there are many beautiful weeds along the highways and byways and they are a part of our ecosystem.

March 30 is Doctor's Day. I don't need to tell you how important doctors are in our lives. March 31 is World Backup Day. Do you remember February 1 was Change Your Password Day? Well backing up your information is just as important or maybe more important. Don't keep all your information or pictures in one place. Back them up to an external drive or disk so you have copies of everything you need.

I hope you had a fun look at some of the holidays we can celebrate.

Copyright Tillsontitan - All Rights Reserved

Sources of My Information

I gathered much of my information from the following sources:

Brownielocks.com

Holiday insights.com

Daysoftheyear.com

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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

Oddly, I have a list of all the strange holidays hanging above my desk. I need it for the blogs I do for customers, so I'm always writing about these events.....writers would do well to pay attention to some of these. Write about them in advance in SEO style and I'm pretty sure they would get some views for their trouble.

Anyway, fun list, Mary. Happy Monday to you.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

A very interesting and informative hub Mary. I hadn't heard of most of these. It appears there is a day of the year dedicated to almost everything.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

As always Bill your suggestion is a good one! Got me thinking. I guess I'll have to add that to my list of "to do hubs"! Thanks for always being here.

John, glad you enjoyed. We really need to get off the beaten track every once in a while.


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CatherineGiordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

A fun collection of holidays. May I add one more. February 12 is Darwin Day to celebrate Charles Darwin and his contributions to science. Your local college may have a program. This day is often used to debunk superstition like black cats or breaking a mirror being bad luck.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

I love learning about these silly holidays. Well, they're not all silly. I was born on March 3rd, so I'm loving World Wildlife Day.

I sat in on a webinar recently that was about email marketing. The hosts mentioned the silly/unusual holidays. They said you can really capitalize on them - or at least get the attention of whom the emails are directed - by intertwining the little-know holidays into your subject matter. What a way to grab someone's attention!


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Ericdierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I just love these hubs please keep them coming.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Catherine my hubs are only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more unusual holidays on every date. Thank you for sharing Darwin Day.

It works for me Sha, I got your attention :). Anyway we can " grab" our audience attention is a good one.

I'll try Eric.


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting. All new to me. I still love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.Fun read. Thank you..


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StephSev108 22 months ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks for sharing...I love learning about other less known holidays.


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manatita44 22 months ago from london

Nice Hub, Tillsontitan. I also see that you have got quite a few days covered, but you've forgotten me, February 10th, tomorrow." God's willing, I will be saying this prayer 63 times: "My ever-increasingly compassionate Lord Supreme, I am praying to you, with my Heart's silence-tears, do accept the cheerful surrender of my mind's freedom."

Pray for me on my Soul's Day. Higher blessings.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas

I'm surprised there are so many days with no special designation. I was under the impression years ago that every day had several things to celebrate, the idea originating primarily to promote certain products.

It's interesting that Feb. 17 is International Pancake Day. I wonder if the eating of pancakes is what causes it to also be the day when many people die? (See my article, "Do You Know When You Will Die? etc.)

I think you're idea of documenting the many holidays we have each month is a great idea and of course you know that Congress is asked to designate various dates for this and that every so often, so you'll have to keep up with any new 'holidays.'

Can imagine it would't be very pleasant to fly a kite in New York on February the 8th, but we had a beautiful day here in North Texas yesterday. We've been having very chilly nights with strong wind (21 F. and there abouts) which to people up in NY probably don't seem very cold at all (I'm from WI), but it's warming up at last. Now if it would just stop that while we're at 70 F., and not bother climbing into the 90s and hundreds as spring gets closer . . .

Voted up, UI, and sharing with followers.


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

How interesting, Mary! I have not heard of most of these other than the usual well-known holidays. I wonder who decides what holiday it is to be? And what prompts the specific holiday LOL. Some are so funny, especially the Shower with a Friend Day. Tee hee I thought when you stated Weed Day ... I was thinking of not that kind of weed LOL, but that would not be legal for just one day!

Up Interesting and useful, tweeting and pinning

Blessings


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Glad these were new to you Ruby and glad it was fun to read because it was fun to write.

Steph so glad you enjoyed. Of course there are more than the ones I listed but they're still fun.

I could never forget you Manatita...I will certainly pray for you on your soul's day. Blessings and joy to you.

You are right AuFait. So many days have multiple celebrations but there's only so much space here on HP. Congress, the UN, and The Lord knows how many other entities or companies designate new holidays all the time. You're right about the kite. It's 29 degrees and still snowing, one foot so far. Thanks so much GF for the votes and share.

You certainly made me chuckle Faith. When I first saw Weed Day I had the same thought you did, imagine! Thanks so much dear friend for the votes and shares.


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rebeccamealey 22 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I always love reading about those funny holidays. I love that dog biscuit recipe. Thanks!


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Rebecca I hope our dogs like the biscuit recipe too. Glad you liked this hub.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i love these weird holidays, although not celebrated in my country


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

They aren't widely celebrated here either peachpurple, but they are celebrated by many.


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

all those holidays for Feb... sorry can't buy it.. change password day.. is that really a thing? LOL anyway.. I'll stick to the few holidays I know nothing in March.. nothing.. okay maybe National Potato chip day for March.. see I made that one up ..LOL enjoyed this hub..


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Not even National Shower With a Friend Day Frank? I'm sure you could make up plenty! Glad you enjoyed.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 22 months ago

What a really neat thing to write about! I had no idea of any of the holidays listed other than the "normal ones" I grew up with. Interesting to know that so many days are celebrated in any given month, if one really wanted to. Up and shared +++


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tobusiness 22 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Fascinating! I guess if the mind can conceive it, there's a national day for it. One more for the budding writers. National Punctuation Day, September 24th. Voted up sand interesting.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

I thought it would be fun Jo. I guess if you can get a few people to agree you can get a holiday.

Jo I'm sure there are other writers holidays I haven't come across yet, but I will.


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

If nothing else, weird holidays give me something to write about. I am waiting for World Zombie Awareness Month myself.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Knowing the way things are going petryman you probably won't have a long wait!


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

O darn...I missed February 5th's holiday...it would have been problematic as at present there is no one I could have grabbed to hop in with me.

I love to read these and often find an excuse to indulge in something I probably shouldn't. Thanks for sharing.

Angels are once again winging their way to you. ps

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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Patricia, the good news is now you're prepared for next Feb. 5! Its always fun to read something that's technically just nonsense. Thanks for reading. Blessings dear lady.


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shanmarie 21 months ago from Texas

Very humorous! Your humor remunds me some of mmy own. These holudays woyld certainly be fun to write about. You even reminded me of a Sammy Kershaw sog, "National Working Woman's Holiday".


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Shanmarie humor is what life's all about. If we can't laugh we're in trouble!


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Celebrates 21 months ago

I didn't realize there were so many holidays. Blame Someone Else Day, I am going to have to remember that and celebrate that day!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

It would appear Celebrates this hub is for you! Thanks for stopping by.

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