Its February (and I Feel Fine)

Its February, the 2nd and shortest month of the year.  Its still winter and cold up here in the Northern Hemisphere. But we’ll know more tomorrow, Groundhogs Day, whether its another 6 weeks of Winter or hopefully an early Spring.

This month we’re celebrating Black History Month, the aim of which is …

… to expose the harms of racial prejudice and to cultivate black self-esteem following centuries of socio-economic oppression. It is also an opportunity to recognize significant contributions to society made by people with African heritage.*

There are lots of other celebrations to observe this month. First up we’ll be celebrating Mardi Gras which arrives early this year. So get out your “beads, doubloons, cups, and trinkets” as we celebrate Fat Tuesday on Feb. 05th. And once the fog, and the hangovers, clears the next morning it on to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season.

And February’s also the time for cherry pies and “no telling lies” as we celebrate President’s Day. And while it seems to be mostly a weekend of sales, sales, sales we will be celebrating all the Presidents of the United States.

And lets not forget the big celebration this month; Valentine’s Day. A day set aside to intimidate men into spending too much on not much. (I kid! I kid!)  So there is still time to start putting together a great Valentine’s Day for your love. We’ve go lots to help you get prepared; whether its craft/gift ideas, a sensuous dessert recipe to help get things in the mood, or even free holiday eCards to send your valentine – we’ve got it all here. So join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

And closing out the month – it’s a special day and special year ahead of us as we celebrate Leap Day and the beginning of a Leap Year. And a very Happy Birthday to those born on February 29th and we hope you enjoy your once in every four years birthday celebrations!

Here’s some fun facts about February…**

Month of year: 2nd
Days: 28 / 29 Leap Year
Birthstone: Amethyst
Flower: Violet
Season: Winter
Horoscope: Aquarius, Pisces
History: February, named for the Roman purification ritual Februa, was one of the last months added to the Roman calendar.
Important Observances:
Black History Month, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, Leap Day, Leap Year**

And remember - someone, somewhere is celebrating something.  And we are too! So  join us as we celebrate the holidays of the year. One day at a time.

 Happy February!!

*Source: wikipedia – Black History Month
**Source: Daily Holidays on the Net

links: Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net
Valentine’s Day : Amore on the Net
Mardi Gras : Mardi Gras on the Net
Independence Day on the Net : President’s Day
Holidaypedia : Leap Day, Leap Year

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