Celebration (1)

Here are some February celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate.
Candlemas (February 2nd, worldwide Christian celebration of the presentation of the Infant Jesus at the Temple after the purification of His mother, Mary)
Groundhog Day (February 2nd, USA & Canada)
Sapporo Snow Festival (February 5th -11th, Sapporo, Japan)
National Sweater Day (February 5th, Canada)
B.C. Family Day (February 9th, British Columbia, Canada)
St. Valentine’s Day (February 14th, UK, North America)
Family Day (February 16th, Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Ontario, Canada)
Washington’s Birthday / Presidents’ Day (February 16th, USA)
Trinidad Carnival (February 16th -17th, Trinidad & Tobago)
Pancake Day (February 17th, Christian communities worldwide)
Carnival/Mardis Gras (February 13th -17th, Latin America, U.S.A., Eastern Europe)
Ash Wednesday (February 18th, Christian communities worldwide)
Chinese New Year (February 19th, China & Chinese communities worldwide)
Flag Day (February 24th, Mexico)
Anti-Bullying Day / Pink Shirt Day (February 25th, Canada)
International Stand Up To Bullying Day (February 27th, Multi-Country)
Faschingsdienstag (February 17th, Austria)
Get A Different Name Day (February 13th, for those interested, worldwide)
February is also Black History Month in Canada and the USA.

They might also like to learn more about some historic folk born in February:
Nell Gwyn, mistress of England’s King Charles II, February 2nd, 1650
Robert Peel, founder of the London ‘Bobbies”, February 5th, 1788.
Queen Anne, England’s last Stuart monarch, February 6th, 1665.
Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England, February 7th, 1478.
Charles Dickens, writer, February 7th, 1812.
Charles Darwin, scientist, February 12th, 1809.
Irena Sendler, Polish underground worker, February 15th, 1910
Mary Tudor, Queen of England, February 18th, 1517.
David Garrick, famous stage actor, February 19th, 1717.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, February 22nd, 1857.
Samuel Pepys, writer, February 23rd, 1663.
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, February 24th, 1500.
John Steinbeck, writer, February 27th, 1902.


  1. I think nearly everybody is celebrating Sweater Day early.

    I’m interested in the Get a Different Name Day. Seems like a good time to select a nom de plume.

  2. I never liked the full form of my first name. I’ve been using the derivative since I was a teenager.

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