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Little Known and Weird Holidays or Occasions in February

Updated on April 28, 2013

February Month long Holidays

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American Heart Health MonthAn Affair to Remember MonthBlack History MonthNational Canned Food MonthCreative Romance MonthGreat American Pie MonthNational Cherry MonthNational Grapefruit MonthNational Weddings MonthSpunky Old Broads Month
American Heart Health Month
American Heart Health Month | Source
An Affair to Remember Month
An Affair to Remember Month | Source
Black History Month
Black History Month | Source
National Canned Food Month
National Canned Food Month | Source
Creative Romance Month
Creative Romance Month | Source
Great American Pie Month
Great American Pie Month | Source
National Cherry Month
National Cherry Month | Source
National Grapefruit Month
National Grapefruit Month | Source
National Weddings Month
National Weddings Month | Source
Spunky Old Broads Month
Spunky Old Broads Month | Source

Monthly recognition

The month of February is recognized as:

If that does not pique your interest, there are also daily observances for every day even the 29th which is Leap Day because it only occurs in Leap Years (once every four years).

Non-national quirky holidays in February:

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • Bake for Family Fun Month
  • Chocolate Lovers Month
  • Library Lovers Month
  • Marijuana Awareness Month
  • Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
  • Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
  • Spunky Old Broads Month

Daily Holidays in February

February 1 - National Freedom Day: President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1st, 1865 so this day was chosen as national freedom day. In 1948 President Truman signed a bill proclaiming this day as National Freedom Day.

February 2 - Ground Hog day, Candlemas, Feast of Purification: 'Nuf said! There are a couple of hubs about this one (Ground Hog day). Candlemas is a christian holiday; the annual blessing of the candles used during the year by the church. The Feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary (post child birth) she was blessed on Candlemas so it is now a celebrated festival on Candlemas.

February 3 - The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959 on this day.

February 4 - Create a Vacuum Day and Hug (or Thank) a Mailman Day: Create a Vacuum - no data on this holiday therefore we can assume that the data was sucked into the void when created. This day is your chance to thank your mailman, i.e. big smile, thank you or hug (up to you)

February 5 - National Weatherman's Day: Although it is known as National, there is no documentation in congressional records to confirm this. (per

February 6 - Lame Duck Day ??? Set aside to recognize all people in a position who's tenure is running out. On Feb 6, 1933 the 20th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect. It addresses presidential succession (a lame duck issue if ever there was one).

February 7 - Waive all your fingers at your neighbor day (???) whaaat? and - Send a card to a friend day - obviously instituted by a card company

  • will also be the opening day of the 2014 Winter Olympics

February 8 - Boy Scout Day and Kite Flying Day: Boy Scout Day - birth of boy scouting as it was incorporated on this day in 1910. Kite Flying Day - possible origin South America as many kite flying festivals are held around this time of year.

February 9 - Toothache Day: Apollonia is the patron saint of dentists, since this it the day of the Feast of St. Apollonia it can be assumed that this is the origin of the current name.

February 10 - Umbrella Day: My research did not find an origin to this day.

February 11 - Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, Make a Friend Day, White T-Shirt Day: Don't cry over spilled milk refers to a day to be positive, look on the bright side, or remember that s__t happens. Make a friend day - after you get that positive attitude, make a new friend. White t-shirt day honors the men and women who instituted a sit down strike at the Flint Michigan GM plant in 1937. The strike ended on this day.

  • please do not confuse this with wet t-shirt day on which the color of the shirt does not need to be white. (presented with sarcastic droll here)

February 12 - President Lincoln's Birthday and Plum Pudding Day: President Lincoln was born on this day and it was celebrated separately as a national holiday until 1971. President Richard Nixon declared Presidents Day to be a national holiday on the third Monday of February. Plum Pudding Day, since there are no packaged plum puddings on the market you will have to make a recipe from scratch to celebrate this day.

February 13 - Get A Different Name Day - actually copyrighted by the folks at If you don't like your given name then this is the day for you.

  • also Clean Out Your Computer Day (2nd monday of the month of February so it varies per year) - for those of you who do not do this on a weekly, or monthly or even daily basis.

February 14 - Ferris Wheel Day and National Organ Donor Day: celebrates the birth of the creator of the Ferris wheel, possible origin Austria. National organ donor day encourages people to become organ donors follow this link if you would like to do so.

  • Oh! are you saying i forgot the obvious?? St. Valentines Day! Again, 'nuf said I have linked to my hubs on the subject here.

Now that this has gotten so lengthy, I believe I will continue this on another hub tomorrow, please tune it for that as well!


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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think you can add Sweet Potato Month to your list. Interesting hub.

    • lucybell21 profile image

      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Who knew Feb. Was such a busy month.