MAJOR Earth events during the month of February

Gem and Jam Festival   Tucson Arizona   End of January- February 2018

Workshops, dancers, visual performers, high-end art gallery installations coupled with cutting edge production and attention to every detail ensure for an over the top experience. The annual Gem and Jam Festival is held each year during the world-renowned Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase making this special weekend each year the perfect pairing in music and art for gem enthusiasts and festival goers of all kinds. While for many music remains the main attraction, the Gem and Jam Festival also features artists of all mediums including visual performers, live artists, arts and crafts along with workshops and lectures, food vendors and high-end art galleries. Over 55,000 people are expected to gather and visit Tucson, AZ from around the world during the 3 week Gem and Mineral Show which has motivated the organizers of the Gem and Jam Festival to provide a unique atmosphere- celebrating the art and ethos of the Gem and Mineral community along with entertainment and visual arts. We are celebrating the 12th year of the Gem and Jam Festival in 2018, we hope that you can join us.


International Tomato Day   BRazil  February 1st

The tomato belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The species originated in Central and South America and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates. The plants typically grow to 1–3 meters (3–10 ft) in height and have a weak stem that often sprawls over the ground and vines over other plants.

Tomatoes are for a nice cold salad or Italian meat sauce or spicy chili recipe !

International Charro Festival   ...MEXICO   ....Feb. 1st - 5th

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - From February 1st through 5th 2017, 32 of the best Charro teams in Mexico and the United States will gather at Arena Vallarta to compete in the Sexto Gran Premio Internacional Charro ( 6th International Grand Prize Charro Championship ). This year also marks the return of skirmishes, with 10 teams competing. In addition to hot rodeo action, festivities include the traditional Verbena de Tradiciones Mexicanas, at Los Arcos del Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta, where you'll enjoy free live music and dance performances, rope flourishing demonstrations and other activities. While every destination in Mexico has something to offer visitors, romantic Puerto Vallarta delivers something for everyone: beaches on a beautiful bay, great dining, a sizzling nightlife, movie theaters, cultural events, art galleries, excellent shopping, world-class golf and tennis, activities and excursions galore, and fun, fun, fun!

Spunky Old Broads Day   ...USA   ...February 1st

They use to be Flower children, Hippies and Yippies, Defenders of girls sports programs and ready to march for women's rights. They are career women, teachers, Ceo's, managers, mothers and now grandmas. Spunky old broads are positive, fun, butt-kicking mature women over the age of 50 who refuse to sit back quietly and get old. They want excitement! They want a regret-free life! They want form fitting aprons! and they want calcium supplements, gourmet coffee and a good glass of wine! ...This is also Spunky Old Broads MONTH ..... 28 days of expending creative oldergirl-energy !

Ground Hog Day ( U.S.A. & Canada )   February 2nd

Groundhog Day (Canadian French: Jour de la Marmotte; Pennsylvania German: Grundsaudaag, Murmeltiertag) is a traditional holiday celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks. Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow.
A great day to plan a nice hot " MEAT LOAF DINNER " !!!

Celebrating the 15th Amendment  U.S.A.   February 3rd

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Although ratified on February 3, 1870, the promise of the 15th Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century. Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the South were registered to vote.

National Carrot Cake Day   U.S.A   February 3rd 2018

It’s National Carrot Cake Day! Carrot Cake has been around since the Middle Ages. At that time, sugar and other sweeteners were rare and very expensive, so people used sweet vegetables to flavor their puddings. This technique became obsolete for several hundred years, but resurfaced in the 20th century. During World War II, the British government rationed many luxury foods and household staples including sugar. To appease the nation’s sweet tooth, the Ministry of Food promoted recipes for carrot puddings, carrot-filled pies, and carrot cakes. Today, many families in the UK still serve carrot cake on Christmas Day!
Carrot cake is much healthier than many other baked goods. A traditional recipe calls for carrots, raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar (instead of refined white sugar). Enjoy a slice from your local bakery in honor of National Carrot Cake Day!

World Cancer Day  ( INTERNATIONAL )  February 4th

Each year on 4 February, W.H.O. and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) supports Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant proportion of cancers can be cured, by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, especially if they are detected early.


Take your Child to the Library Day USA  ...1st Saturday in February

Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for " Take Your Child to the Library Day " and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians started planning special events, programs, and displays.  February 4, 2017 will be the 6th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. No matter where you live, there must be a public library within driving distance. If not, there are many new ways to read books and articles on the internet. One of the best things in life is the ability to read and learn and be able to think intelligently ...Won't you join us?

Festival of Candles   ...MEXICO   ... First Sunday in February

The devotion to the "Virgin of the Candelaria" in Tlacotalpan was brought by the first friars of the Order of San Juan de Dios of Spain. The festivities of the patron saint of the Tlacotalpeños date from the end of the 19th century. The "Virgin of La Candelaria" was strolled along the river, in order that the fishermen ( who adopted it as their patron ) had abundant fishing during the year; Ancestral custom that is preserved to date. One of the most traditional festivals in the State of Veracruz is devotion to the Virgen de la Candelaria in the town of Tlacotalpan, whose historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. For the Tlacotalpeños these days are a true popular festival, a mixture of faith, huapango, and sones that you can enjoy, in addition to the extraordinary regional foods.

Super Bowl Sunday   ...USA   ...First Sunday in February

Super Bowl Sunday is not really a National Holiday, but you might as well think of it as a BIG CELEBRATION DAY least for the football team that wins ! The day on which the Super Bowl, the annual championship for the National Football League, is usually played on the last Sunday in January or the first Sunday in February. The 51st annual event, called Super Bowl 51, occurs on February 5, 2017. HOUSTON, TEXAS—Super Bowl LI (51) will be a match up of old vs new, as the Atlanta Falcons will face the New England Patriots on Sunday at the N.R.G. stadium in Houston, Texas. It’s a dynasty in the making vs the biggest dynasty in modern day sports., Atlanta’s high-octane offense going against the staunch Patriots defense. Festivities for Super Bowl Sunday typically involve groups of people gathering to watch the game eating junk food and drinking beer. Both "Super Bowl Sunday" and "Super Sunday" are registered trademarks of the National Football League.

Thank your Mail ( person ) Man Day   February 4th

Thank a Mailman Day is your chance to say thanks to the guy, or gal, who delivers your mail. After all, they are there six days a week. The reliable postal worker is always there doing their job, regardless of the weather. They are a hardy lot. You'll find some mail carriers on walking routes, wearing shorts in all but the coldest of winter days.

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Carnival of Viareggio,  Tuscany, Italy  February Weekends

Celebrated on the 5th, 12th, 18th, 26, and 28th 2017. Among the many attractions of perhaps the world’s most beloved Italian region, Tuscany, the Carnival of Viareggio deserves a place of honor: it is one of the most important and appreciated carnivals internationally, one in which thousands of people – tourists and Italians alike – participate every year. It was conceived in 1873 as a masquerade event for the rich bourgeois in their discontent at having to pay a too-high tax price. Through the course of time, though, its principal characteristic has become its enormous, animated parade floats.

Constitution Day   ...MEXICO   ...February 5th-6th

Mexico’s constitution (Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos) was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro, in central Mexico, following a revolution that started in 1910. It was approved by the Mexican constitutional congress on February 5, 1917. The document included significant social reforms to labor laws and provided for equality without discrimination, among other reforms. Originally Constitution Day in Mexico was celebrated on February 5, the anniversary of its adoption. But the changes were made in 2005 after several amendments had been approved. Festivals, picnics, music concerts, and street celebrations are part of the festivities that occur throughout Mexico on Constitution Day.

National Frozen Yogurt Day  ...USA   ...February 6th

Frozen yogurt was first developed during 1970 in the United States as a soft-serve treat produced by H.P Hood called Frogurt. The Humphreys and Dannon corporations soon followed with their own versions of the treat. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts with fruit added, then considered having a “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering various kinds of low-fat options. Frozen yogurt is a great source of calcium and potassium, but remember to still enjoy in moderation.  

National Bob Marley Day  (  Jamaica )  February 6th

Robert Nesta Marley Booker, ...better known as " Bob Marley ", was born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile( Rhoden Hall, Saint Ann Parish ), a small area in the north of the island of Jamaica. Everyone knows Bob Marley for his famous songs, such as “No Woman, No Cry”, “Jamming”, “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Redemption Song”. He was undoubtedly one of the best musicians ever and, although he left us very young due to cancer, nobody can forget his great contribution to music and the Rastafarian movement. In particular, his fellow Jamaicans who, year after year, on February 6, celebrate National Bob Marley Day. Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981 in Miami, Florida at age 36.

Sapporo Snow Festival   ...Japan   ...February 6th - 12th

The 2017 Snow Festival is currently being held from February 6 through February 12. The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is held during one week every February in Hokkaido's capital Sapporo. It is one of Japan's most popular winter events. The Sapporo Snow Festival was started in 1950, when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. It has since developed into a large, cultural  event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures created by artist and attracting more than 2 million visitors from Japan and the world. The Snow Festival is staged on three sites: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.

Independence Day in Grenada   ...Grenada   ...February 7th

Grenada celebrates Independence Day with colorful parades, festivals, games, events, and free street concerts. The government also holds national ceremonies honoring those who perished to bring independence in the region. Parades are joined by members of both the private and public sector including schools, The Royal Grenada Police Force, non-government organizations and associations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, etc. As with most public holidays, banks and shops are closed on Independence Day. Independence Day in Grenada also serves as a bonding time for families. Local events fill the street and major tourist destinations in the country including annual sailing festival organized by communities and sponsors from private companies and the Grenada Board of Tourism.

Fettuccine Alfredo Day   ...USA   ...February 7th

A chef named Alfredo di Lelio served the first plate of Fettuccine Alfredo in 1914. His wife had just given birth to their first son and hadn’t regained her appetite. He invented the dish to entice her into eating again, and it worked! Soon after he began serving it at his restaurant in Rome. Fettuccine Alfredo is delicious on its own, or with vegetables and seafood on top. To celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, cook this delicious pasta dish to serve to family and friends. Bon appétit!

National Beatles Day ... U.S.A. ...February 7th ...

On the ( 7th of February 1964 ), the music group called the Beatles, left the United Kingdom with an estimated 4,000 fans gathered at Heathrow Airport, waving and screaming as the aircraft took off. Upon landing at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, an uproarious crowd estimated at 3,000 crazed teenagers greeted them. These four young Brits gave their first live U.S.A. television performance two days later on The Ed Sullivan Show. The broadcast which was mostly watched on B & W TV's, included over 73 million viewers in over 23 million households, about 34% percent of the American population. This event inspired years of ( Beatlemania ) and some of the best music produced in the 1960s !

Boy Scouts Day   ...USA   ...February 8th

Boy Scout Day celebrates the birthday of Scouting in America. On February 8, 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia to create the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting groups across the country celebrate this day. Often a cake will be served at the weekly meeting or on a camp-out. Scout Sunday, the Sunday nearest the 8th of February, will often be marked with a church service, followed by a pancake breakfast. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts offer a tremendously valuable program of life skills and values for millions of boys. It has been popular ever since Lord Baden-Powell founded Boy Scouts in the early 1900s in Great Britain. The top award of Eagle Scout, is an accomplishment that reaps recognition, rewards, and benefits for a young man throughout his life.

Saint Teilo's Day   WALES, UK   February 9th

Teilo [St Teilo, Eliau, Eliud] ( supposed floruit about 550 AD ), a holy man and supposed bishop, who was the founder of the episcopal church of Llandeilo Fawr in Dyfed. Like St. David and St.Padarn, Saint Teilo was one of the most important saints in south-west Wales. His feast day is celebrated on February 9th.


International Cassoulet Day   ...Earth Event   ....February 9th

In a large bowl, cover beans with 3 quarts water and add 3 tablespoons salt. Stir to combine and let sit at room temperature overnight. Drain and rinse beans and set aside. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and preheat oven to 300°F. Place stock in a large liquid measuring cup and sprinkle gelatin over the top. Set aside. Heat duck fat (if using) in a large Dutch oven over high heat until shimmering. Add salt pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside. (If not using duck fat, cook pork with no additional fat.) Season chicken pieces with pepper (do not add salt) and place skin side-down in now-empty pan. Cook without moving until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Flip chicken pieces and continue cooking until lightly browned on second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to bowl with salt pork. Add sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until well-browned on both sides. Transfer to bowl with salt pork and chicken. Drain all but 2 tablespoons fat from pot.Add onions to pot and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Cook until onions are translucent but not browned, about 4 minutes. Add drained beans, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley, bay leaves, cloves, and stock/gelatin mixture. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce to low, cover Dutch oven and cook until beans are almost tender but retain a slight bite, about 45 minutes.

W-3 Festival in Georgia ...USA ...February 9th- 12th

Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife, also known as ( “W3” ), blends savory foods and drinks with high-level education on American wildlife. Attendees can learn about the hatching of baby turtles, walk along the waving sand dunes or relax on Driftwood Beach. The event is a great blend of entertainment for adults and education for children. W3 artfully combines renowned beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best and award-winning chefs – and a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close, all in one weekend! Expect to sip and savor great whiskey, spirits, wine, beer and culinary tastings, oceanfront with music and a relaxed island vibe.

SF Beer Week   ...USA   February 10th-19th

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala is the largest, most anticipated, and prestigious annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community. It’s the kick off party for SF Beer Week, commencing a nine-day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over the Bay Area. No matter which days you take to the town or what events catch your fancy, you’ll love what the region has to offer this year. As we approach SF Beer Week, the schedule is settling in. It’s not about numbers, but as we approach 800 events, the possibility that something simply perfect for you is on the list approaches a certainty. Build your own schedule for the week.

Nice ...Street Festival   ... France   ...February 11- 25th

The main winter event on the Riviera is one of the largest carnivals in the world, offering a program of unforgettable entertainment … from 11th to 25th February 2017. The carnival processions, comprising 17 floats work their way up to a crescendo of gigantic celebrations on the Place Masséna. This year, the King will be ‘King of Energy". A theme which opens all perspectives to imagination and that is still a topical subject... and will show his fans that he has many resources! These giant, colorful parades take place day and night, with entertainment provided by over 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the world.

Meal Monday ...Food Event ....2nd Monday in February

Meal Monday, also known as Oat-Meal Monday, is observed on Monday, February 12th, 2018. It has always been observed the second Monday of February. Oatmeal is a whole-grain food, meaning it is minimally processed and contains more vitamins, minerals, fiber and phyto-nutrients than most refined, or processed, grains. Eating oatmeal also supplies you with energy, protein and healthy fats. The nutritional value of oatmeal varies depending on whether it is cooked, instant, fortified or flavored and whether it is prepared with water or milk.

National Flag Day   ...Canada   ...February 15th

Flag Day, officially named National Flag of Canada Day ( French: Jour du drapeau national du Canada ), is observed annually on February 15, commemorating the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965. The day is marked by flying the flag, occasional public ceremonies, and educational programs in schools. It is not a public holiday, although there has been discussion about creating one. That suggestion grew louder as the flag celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2005. The flag, designed by George Stanley, was proclaimed by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on January 28, 1965, and took effect "upon, from and after" February 15. Although National Flag of Canada Day is not a holiday, it is celebrated with many events around the country.

Family Day,  CANADA,  2nd OR 3rd Monday in February

Family Day is observed on February 20th, 2017in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February.Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. British Columbia observes Family Day as a statutory holiday for the first time in 2013. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year's Day until Good Friday.

International Friendship Month   2nd week in February

This is a great time to make contact with your friends who live in other lands. International friendship week will give you insight into the customs and cultural events from far away places. This week, make a new friend from a foreign country and share ideas about life, sports, food, activities and things that are important to your family.This is a wonderful week to send a message to your close ( Face Book friends ), let them know that you have been thinking about them. Maybe someone out there is waiting to be invited to a long over due lunch or dinner out some fine evening ? Friendships do not always come easily, sometimes keeping that friendship is work .... and maybe it is worth all the gold in this world.

National Inventors Day   February 11th

On February 11, 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared this day to be National Inventors Day. The date was selected, as Thomas Alva Edison, an American inventor in U.S. history, was born on this day in 1847 in Milan,Ohio. While Edison was perhaps best known for inventing the light bulb, he held over 1,000 patents. A great debate has taken place, more recently, as to the importance of the science done by Nikola Tesla, who gave the world a working system of ( AC ) electrical energy!  National Inventors Day honors Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and all inventors, recognizing the enormous impact inventions have on technology industry, and society worldwide. Just think about all the inventions, and  the resulting new products, processes and procedures that you have seen in your lifetime. It readily gives us an appreciation for the inventors, that allowed these things to come into being.
Nikola Tesla   &   Thomas Edison

National Freedom to Marry Day   USA   February 12th

National Freedom to Marry Day is observed on February 12, 2017. This day is a unofficial holiday in the U.S.A. and it refers to the ( freedom to have same-sex marriages ). Since 1999 this mid-winters event is observed to make aware and to promote equal rights in America. The origin of this day lies in Washington, DC, where a gay rights advocacy law firm initiated " National Freedom to Marry Day ". The discussion about same-sex marriage is still not over and in many world nations' governments are still struggling with this issue. In our 21st century however, more and more countries are allowing at least a modified kind of marriage between two men or women.

DARWIN DAY ( International ) February 12th

Various events are conducted on Darwin Day around the world. They have included dinner parties with special recipes for primordial soup and other inventive dishes, protests with school boards and other governmental bodies, workshops and symposia, distribution of information by people in ape costumes, lectures and debates, essay and art competitions, concerts, poetry readings, plays, artwork, comedy routines, re-enactments of the Scopes Trial and of the debate between Thomas H. Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, library displays, museum exhibits, travel and educational tours, recreations of the journey of the HMS Beagle, church sermons, movie nights, outreach, and nature hikes. The Darwin Day Celebration Web site offers free registration and display of all Darwin Day events.


The Royal Hobart Regatta   ...Australia   ...Mid-February

( February 11-13 2017 ) The Royal Hobart Regatta began in 1838, is a series of aquatic competitions and displays held annually in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and is Tasmania's oldest sporting event. The regatta runs for three days, ending on the second Monday in February, and dominates the whole river for the duration of the event. It was begun by the then Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin. Franklin provided free food and beer for all of the spectators, and the tradition of free entry continues to this day. The Monday was declared as a public holiday by the governor, and is now the oldest public holiday still continuing in Australia.

(   Remove those old computer files Day   )

2nd Monday in February

Clean Out Your Computer Day is a great day to delete those old files and programs. Most of us keep adding programs and files to our computer without much thought. Your computer has a huge storage capacity, but it has it' limits. Overtime these forgotten files start clogging your memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other files. And, some may slow down your computer.

It's MONDAY ..... start your remove files ...NOW !

World RADIO DAY   International  February 13th

In 2012 in Barcelona, Spain, a public event organized by College of Telecommunications Engineers of Catalunya (COETTC) was held on 21 February 2012 to commemorate World Radio Day. The event was organized with the help of the Government of Catalonia. There were panelists from radio stations and personalities from the world of radio broadcasting in attendance. The main event was a panel discussion entitled: "For a more global and competitive radio". In Switzerland, the European Broadcasting Union organized a Digital Radio Week. This was a series of technical events starting on 13 February 2012, with the participation of the main radio standardization organizations: DRM Consortium, World DMB, Radio DNS. There was also a local digital radio transmission in DAB+ demonstrating the democratization of transmission for smaller structures, using CRC mmb Tools open software defined radio tools.

Festival of Lanterns    Taiwan     Mid-February

It begins as a Full-Moon festival ( February 11th 2017 )that witnesses thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District in Taiwan. The Lantern Festival runs from ( February 11th through the 19th ) in different cities each year. It was originally celebrated to ward off evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingshi Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner and finally they're released off into the sky together magically decorating the sky into a sanctuary of lights.

Saint Valentines Day  (EUR & America)  February 14th

The Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.

Susan b. Anthony Day   ...USA   ...February 15th

Susan B. Anthony Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Susan B. Anthony and the Women's suffrage in the United States. The day is on February 15. It has been historically celebrated since 1920, after 31 of 48 states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving women the right to vote when fully ratified later that year.  In the state of Wisconsin, Susan B. Anthony Day is an established state holiday, which was enacted into law April 15, 1976, from the 1975 Laws of Wisconsin, Chapter 307, section 20. The official site of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY has detailed information on Susan Anthony's life and her dedication to the cause of women's suffrage. Not For Ourselves Alone is a PBS documentary by Ken Burns on the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.  PBS has an interactive site available that complements the video, which includes primary sources and some lesson plans.  Even if you don't have the video, the resources are available free of charge and students can understand the information there without seeing the video. 

National Almond Day   ...USA   ...February 16th

Almonds taste wonderful by themselves, but they can also be exciting when they have an extra dose of flavoring. Besides being one of the crunchiest nuts too munch on, just one serving of almonds contains the highest amount of protein of any tree nut, and they are filled with fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin, and niacin, as well as being an excellent source of magnesium. The earliest varieties of almonds were found in China, carried by traders down the ancient silk road to Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. There are actually 30 different varieties of almonds, yet only about 10 varieties usually undergo production. The Nonpareil variety is the one we are most commonly familiar within the U.S., and the one you’ll find in most stores nationwide.

Sonny Bono Day   USA    February 16th

Bono ( Feb 16th 1935 - Jan 5th 1998 ),began his music career as a songwriter at Specialty Records, where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on to work for record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer". One of his earliest songwriting efforts, "Needles and Pins" was co-written with Jack Nitzsche, another member of Spector's production team. Later in the same decade, he achieved commercial success with his then-wife Cher in the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records including the singles "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On", although Cher received more attention as a performer. He played a major part in Cher's solo recording career, writing and producing singles including "Bang Bang" and "You Better Sit Down Kids".

International Human Spirit Day   February 17th

This holiday was started by Michael Levy of "Point of Life" in 2003 to promote a human spirit that lives the creative, peaceful, loving life that it was meant to live. People will sense a connection between each other when they go into the two minutes silence on Human Spirit Day ( 3:00PM EST ). It will be a very powerful silent meditation and the more people that participate, the more powerful it becomes to bring about world peace and harmony. ......COPY: The "human spirit", while the term can be used with the same meaning as "human soul", human spirit is sometimes used to refer to the impersonal, universal or higher component of human nature in contrast to soul or psyche which can refer to the ego or lower element. " The Human Spirit Initiative " has collected stories of social entrepreneurs whose impact on the 20th century is still felt today. Each of these individuals started with little more than an idea. But through courage and persistence and the ability to inspire others to join the cause, their stories give legs to the words of Margaret Mead: ......

Carnaval  Rio de Janero, Brazil      International

Various dates in   Mid-late February

The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro ( 02/24th-28th ) is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1823. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio. Rio Carnival is a wild 5-day celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Friday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, could be interpreted an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It is usually in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when summer in Rio is at its peak.

International Cabbage Day   February 17th

The word cabbage is a derivation of the French word caboche, a colloquial word for head.  The cabbage family,- of which Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and kale are members of- is wide and varied.  Cabbage itself comes in many forms- the shapes can be flat, conical, or round, the heads compact, or loose and the leaves plain or curly.  In the United States, the most widely used cabbage comes in compact heads of waxy, tightly wrapped leaves that range in color from almost white to green and red.  Savoy cabbage and Chinese cabbage are considered culinary superior but are less readily available.

National Drink Wine Day USA February 18th

People have been producing wine since at least 6000 B.C. There are dozens of ancient legends about humans who accidentally consumed fermented grapes and became intoxicated, which is probably how wine was first created. Eventually, people began experimenting with the fermentation process. " Drink Wine Day " certainly pleased the gods and one in particular, Dionysus, or Bacchus to the Romans, god of merry making, wine, theater and ecstasy. Whatever the vintage of the one you’re sipping as we write, make sure you share it with a friend, because today is a ‘wine and dine’ day. ...and yes, wine does have its other earthly benefits. Moderate drinkers of wine have lower risks of liver disease, type II diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, heart attack and stroke. It also can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL). ..... So, Where's that cork screw ?

International Battery Day  February 18th

People get a charge out of International Battery Day. We are absolutely energized about the many uses and applications. It's an opportunity to celebrate a vital invention. Batteries are used everywhere, from the battlefield to smoke alarms to headsets. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and power capacity, to fit a wide array of needs. According to some archaeologists and historians, the earliest known battery in recorded human history can be traced back to as far as 2000 years ago? So, why February 18 to observe this wacky holiday? About the only reason, anyone can think of involves the birthday of Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electric battery. Volta was born February 18, 1745.

National Beef on Weck Day   Buffalo's Winter Best   February 19th

The " Beef on Weck " is definitely a winter time sandwich created in the Heart of Western New York State, ...a Buffalo, New York favorite. Weck is an abbreviation of Kümmelweck ( sometimes spelled kimmelweck ), a fresh baked roll covered with caraway seeds and rock salt. It's a very easy sandwich to make, just lay the freshly-carved roast beef in the roll. The beef should be lean and tender, cooked medium/rare at most, sliced nice and thin so as to absorb the beefy juices. Many like the taste of fresh ground horse radish, but be careful, inhaling horse radish can take your breath away ! Enjoy this Sandwich with a frosty, local made brew or nice glass of Finger lakes or Niagara FrontierRegion wines.

Splore festival  New Zealand   Late February

February 17th -19th 2017 ...Splore takes place every two years in a lovely regional park just south of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. It combines live musical performances, caravan and tent camping (even glamping), a family friendly atmosphere, sunny days on the beach, and artist designed trails for revelers to explore. Costumes are encouraged, nay, they are practically required. Splore Festival is family friendly - kids and youth ticket discounts.  We want to make it affordable for families to attend so tickets for kids 12 years and under are free. Youths over 16 who wish to come unaccompanied by a guardian must purchase a full priced adult ticket. Unaccompanied youth under 16 years old will not be permitted into the event.

International Love Your Pet Day   February 20th

Love Your Pet Day is day to pamper your pet. People just love their pets, and today is an easy excuse to spend time with them, and to give them special treats. Whether its a dog, a cat, a fish, a pet snake, or your pet rock......give them lots of love and attention today. Interestingly, E-card companies have a wide choice of cards for today. There are many cards to send to pet owners to make them smile and feel good. However, we did not find a single E-card to be sent to the pet. If you don't have a pet, maybe today is the day to adopt a pet. Take a trip to your local Humane Society, and bring home an animal that needs you. It will make you both feel good.

Presidents Day   USA   Third Monday in February

February 20th, 2017, Washington's Birthday officially honors the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. The day commemorates past presidents of the USA. Washington's Birthday is sometimes known as Presidents' Day. This is because while most states have adopted Washington's Birthday, some states officially celebrate Presidents' Day. In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays Act, which moved the official observance of Washington's birthday from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February. Some reformers had wanted to change the name of the holiday as well, to Presidents' Day, in honor of both Lincoln and Washington, but that proposal was rejected by Congress, and the holiday remained officially Washington's Birthday.

National Sticky Bun Day  U.S.A.  February 21st

It’s National Sticky Bun Day! Sticky buns, also known as cinnamon rolls, are a delicious breakfast pastry made with leavened dough. Traditional recipes call for a glazed topping with pecans, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and butter. The first people to add honey and nuts to their bread were the Ancient Egyptians. Glazed pastries have been popular ever since! German settlers in Pennsylvania created our modern-day sticky buns. The pastries were originally called “Schnecken” and are still considered a Philadelphia specialty.

National Engineers Week  USA   Feb. 19th - 25th

In the United States, National Engineers Week is always the week in February which encompasses George Washington's actual birthday, February 22. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Founded by NSPE in 1951, EWeek (February 19–25, 2017) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. EWeek promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth, to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.

International World Thinking Day

International World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and other girl groups. The original objective of this day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world  to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to "sister" Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls (young and less young) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women. You don't have to be a Girl Scout or a Girl Guide to participate in this day. Rather, we encourage all females, young and old, to learn a little more about health issues today. If you are in a position to provide education and training on health issues, do so today. If you can not conduct it today, then schedule it for some time in the near future.

National Margarita Day

The history of the Margarita is a bit mysterious and varied, and there are several stories describing its origin. One of them says it was invented at Rancho La Gloria, down by Tijuana, Carlos “Danny” Herrera created the recipe for Marjorie King, a Ziegfield dancer who had a distinct allergy to many spirits. Another claim says it was invented in Galveston, Texas by Santos Cruz for a favorite patron of his, singer Patty Lee. Needless to say, these are just a couple of the stories of its invention, and no one really knows which one is true, it’s entirely possible that they all are!

International Dog Biscuit Day    World-Wide  February 23rd

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs. And, that's because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit. They say "Every dog has his day". And, it will definitely be his day,when you give him some tasty dog biscuits. You might appreciate their value in pleasing your dog, as a reward for behavior, or enticing them to do a trick. But, the dog is the recipient of the treat. Celebrate today by giving your dog a few dog biscuits.

Defender of the Fatherland Day   ...Russia   ... February 23rd

The reasons behind celebrating Defender of the Fatherland Day on February 23 are unclear, as the date does not coincide with any historical event. Russia first celebrated this day in 1922 as the fourth anniversary of the Red Army. However, Russian leader Vladimir Lenin signed a decree for the creation of a Bolshevik Army on a different date (January 15, 1918). In 1938, Soviet history books started claiming that the Red Army won an important victory over German invaders on February 23, 1918, but no independent sources supported this claim. The Russian Parliament voted to remove it from the holiday’s history in 2006. Between 1936 and 1990, February 23 was observed as the Soviet Army and Navy Day. It became a workday in 1991. The Russian parliament reintroduced it as a public holiday in 2002, after renaming it as Defender of the Fatherland Day.

National " CHILI " Day   U.S.A.  Last Thursday in February

The earliest written description came from J.C. Clopper, who wrote of a visit to San Antonio, Texas, in 1928: “When they have to lay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for the family; it is generally cut into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat—this is all stewed together.”By the 1880s, San Antonio markets included chili stands that sold “bowls o’ red” that were staffed by “chili queens.” A bowl cost ten cents and was served with a piece of bread and a glass of water. By the end of the 20th century, chili had become a tourist attraction and the San Antonio Chili Stand was an attraction at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893.

San Pancho Music Festival

San Francisco, Nayarit, February 24th-26th 2017, Founded in 2001, this event began as a small gathering of locals, but by 2006 the lineup included 116 artists, and has grown even more since then. The festival includes performances by musicians from the region of Riviera Nayarit, as well from the United States and Latin America. Free concerts are held in the Plaza del Sol starting at 5 pm each day of the festival.

National Tortilla Chip Day   USA   February 24th

The introduction of tortilla chips into modern food culture is most commonly traced back to Rebecca Webb Carranza. In the late 1940s, she was president of the El Zarpape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles. She had the idea to fry and serve the misshapen tortillas that the machine sometimes produced, and after her family raved over them at a family party, she sold them to the public for a dime a bag. They caught on, and eventually the company shifted its focus to producing only "Tort Chips," as they came to be called. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database, a 2-ounce serving of tortilla chips, or around 18 chips, contains 275 calories. Carbohydrates contribute the most at 150 calories per serving. Fats deliver 110 calories, while proteins offer 15 calories. 


Mexican flags are seen hoisted high in front of offices, government buildings, and some homes on February 24. Thousands of people attend events held across Mexico to honor the flag. Mexicans first celebrated the country’s current flag on February 24, 1937. The design of this flag was used in 1821 and the current flag was officially adopted in 1968. Its colors – red, white, and green – are the national liberation army’s colors. The emblem in the middle of the flag stems from a legendary story of Aztecs who built their empire on a spot where they found an eagle eating a snake on top of a cactus. The " LIBERATION " plan set out 3 guarantees for all Mexicans represented by the colors of the flag: Red - the union and equality of all Mexicans, of Spanish or native ascent. White - the Catholic church. Green - the independence of Mexico.

National Clam Chowder Day   USA   February 25th

A clam chowder in its simplest form is a soup or stew containing clams or fish.  The most common type of chowder includes milk or cream as well as potatoes, though the Manhattan clam chowder has tomatoes. The origin of the word “chowder” is up for a little bit of debate.  The French word for cauldron is “chaudiere”.  The English word “jowter” means fish peddler.  Both are on the hook for possible origins. In chowder, along with the clams, it is common to find diced potatoes, onions ( often sautéed in pork or bacon drippings ) and celery.

National Doggie-Doodles Day   USA   February 25th

Today is National Doggie-Doodles Day, created for that perfect ( Cabin Fever ) winters day on the North American Continent. This could be a very creative lunch recipe for you and the kids. Just slice up those frozen dogs/wieners that have been sitting in your freezer since that last October patio barbecue , Fry them up hot in lots of butter & onions and then spice them up a bit more on low heat,with some saucy ketchup & mustard to taste. These little doggie bits will go great with a can of baked beans and some mashed potatoes and maybe a side of Apple sauce !

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day    USA    February 26th

The origins of most fairy tales were often horrible and tragic events, and would not be approved as appropriate for children by the "Association of Fairy Tales" by today’s standards. Most were created as a way to make children behave, teach a lesson or to pass the time much like ghost stories around a camp fire today. Many of these old stories have some basis in truth. For example, some believe the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is inspired by the real life Margarete von Waldeck, the daughter of the 16th century Count of Waldeck. She and her family lived in the area of Germany where it was well known for mining in mountains. Some of the mining tunnels were so tight they had to use children – or smaller people such as dwarfs – to work the mines.

International Strawberry Day   Earth Event   February 27th

So, you wondering why strawberries are celebrated in the middle of a North American Winter? Well, most strawberries are actually grown this time of year in southern climates and in the Southern Hemisphere countries ....Another big export ! They’re usually a beautiful bright red color, have seeds on the outside, and their sweetness can brighten up any dish. Or, they can be eaten on their own. Every year on February 27th, these juicy little berries are celebrated with their very own International Strawberry Day. The Strawberry has over 600 varieties and grown just about everywhere around the world. Excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and fiber.Nothing better than a short cake covered with strawberries and topped with real cream ! ...Any time of the year!

No Brainer Day ...Earth Event ...February 27th

A "no-brainer" is something that is simple and easy to figure out, or obvious and logical. The phrase started as engineering jargon, became popular in 1990s and 2000s, and is now common in business environments. The day is for doing "no-brainer" activities—for doing things that are easy and obvious. Conversely, the day is not for doing things that require a lot of thinking and study. The day was created by "America's Premier Eventologist," Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith.

Festival at Trinidad & Tobago  Varies-Mid-Late  February

February 19th-22nd 2018 , Trinidad and Tobago's motto, “Together we aspire, together we achieve,” is an apt sentiment to describe the gargantuan effort that goes into creating one of the best Carnivals on the planet. But, by the end of the festivities, you might think a better motto is, “Together we dance, together we party, tomorrow we sleep.” This festival takes stamina and you’re likely to lose a few pounds given all the shakin’ and dancin’ you’ll be doin’. You can’t spectate this festival. You must participate.

Mardi-Gras  ( Christian Lent period ), Mid-Feb. to March )

In 2017 Mardi-Gras falls on February 28th.  Across the globe, pre-Lenten festivals continue to take place in many countries with significant Roman Catholic populations. Brazil’s week long Carnival festivities feature a vibrant amalgam of European, African and native traditions. In Canada, Quebec City hosts the giant Quebec Winter Carnival. In Italy, tourists flock to Venice’s Carneval, which dates back to the 13th century. The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions, such as the one in New Orleans, Louisiana, consider Mardi Gras to stretch the entire period from Twelfth Night ( the last night of Christmas which begins Epiphany ) to Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the official holy-day ending of the Mardi Gras celebration.

FAT TUESDAY  USA   Tuesday before Ash Wednesday !

Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. The parades in New Orleans are organized by social clubs known as krewes; most follow the same parade schedule and route each year. The earliest-established krewes were the Mistick Krewe of Comus, the earliest, Rex, the Knights of Momus and the Krewe of Proteus. Several modern "super krewes" are well known for holding large parades and events, such as the Krewe of Endymion (which is best known for naming celebrities as grand marshals for their parades), the Krewe of Bacchus (similarly known for naming celebrities as their Kings), as well as the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club—a predominantly African American krewe. In addition to fasting, Christians also give up something special that they enjoy. So, Fat Tuesday is a celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or snack that you give up for the long Lenten season. ...Maybe it's time for some SPICY GUMBO !!!

International Pancake day  ( christian holy day ) same as Fat Tuesday

Some suggest that the Pancake Tuesday was originally a pagan holiday. Before the Christian era, the Slavs believed that the change of seasons was a struggle between Jarilo, the god of vegetation, fertility and springtime, and the evil spirits of cold and darkness. People believed that they had to help Jarilo fight against winter and bring in the spring. The most important part of Maslenitsa week (the whole celebration of the arrival of spring lasted one week) was making and eating pancakes. The hot, round pancakes symbolized the sun. The Slavs believed that by eating pancakes, they got the power, light and warmth of the sun. The first pancake was usually put on a window for the spirits of the ancestors. On the last day of Maslenitsa week some pancakes and other food were burnt in a bonfire as a sacrifice to the pagan gods.

National Science Day   INDIA   February 28th

National science day is celebrated as one of the main science festivals in India every year during which students of the schools and colleges demonstrate various science projects and national and state science institutions demonstrate their latest researches. The celebration also includes public speeches, radio-TV talk shows, science movies, science exhibitions based on themes and concepts, watching the night sky, live projects, research demonstration, debates, quiz competitions, lectures, science model exhibitions and many more activities.

Meak Bochea Day ( Buddhist holy day ) late February-March

A Day to Repent your Sins in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Meak Bochea is an important religious festival observed by Buddhists in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.  It is celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month, which usually falls in late February or early March. 


Happy Leap Year Day    International     Every 4 years February 29th

The Gregorian calendar, which now serves as the standard calendar for civil use throughout the world, has both common years and leap years. A common year has 365 days and a leap year 366 days, with the extra, or intercalary, day designated as February 29. A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days.The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365¼ days—by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years.