Its February (and I Feel Fine)

Welcome February!

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 (Feb 02), 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.*

And February’s also the time for cherry pies and “no telling lies” as we celebrate President’s Day (Feb 15). 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 (Feb 14). 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.

There are lots of other celebrations to observe. There’s the Chinese New Year on the 14th and a “Gong Xi Fa Cái” to the Year of the Tiger!

We’ll also be celebrating Mardi Gras soon after. So get out your “beads, doubloons, cups, and trinkets” as we celebrate Fat Tuesday on Feb. 16th. And once the fog, and the hangovers, clears the next morning it’s on to Ash Wednesday (Feb 17) and the beginning of the Lenten season.

And we’ll be closing out the month with the joyous Jewish holiday of Purim which begins at sundown on the 27th, continuing into the 28th. Did you know one of the tenants of Purim is to “drink to you drop?” Sweeeeet!

Here’s some fun facts about February…

Month of year: 2nd
Days: 28
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, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Purim

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

Valentine’s Day : Amore on the Net
Mardi Gras : Mardi Gras on the Net
Independence Day on the Net : President’s Day
Purim: Purim on the Net

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