- Holidays and Celebrations
National What Day - Some Holidays For February and March
Celebrate Every Day
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.
- 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)
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!
Dog Biscuit Recipe
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!
Pot Belly Pig
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?
Frozen - Ice cream
Were you aware of all of these holidays?
Bust of Gaius Iulius Caesar in Naples
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.
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Sources of My Information
I gathered much of my information from the following sources: