Weirdly, February is a month that is, worldwide, known for its many different celebrations. Sometimes, they overlap into early March, but in many years, they all take place in February.
Tag along as we have a look at different holidays, events, festivities and reasons people all over the world engage in celebration in February!
If you think about it, the accumulation of festivals and celebrations in February makes sense. It’s the first month where we hope the weather gets better, the temperatures rise and winter will finally loosen its icy grip. Many celebrations are actually originating from the intent of people expel or chase away winter.
Before we look at the very colorful celebrations, however, let’s see what February is also known for.
February, the month of…
Many months nowadays have a theme assigned to them. It’s to bring awareness to certain issues or diseases. Or they are used to take certain actions during the month.
February is known as:
- Black History Month
- Nat. Cherry Month
- Nat. Children’s Dental Health Month
- Nat. Weddings Mouth
Colorful Carnival Festivities
As mentioned above, many of February’s celebrations are intended to drive away winter. Thus, they are loud, happy, colorful, exaggerated! No wonder these festivities share many similarities, no matter where they are held all over the world. Furthermore, in many cultures, these festivities are held before a time of Lent. Thus, they are a way to go “all out” before having to deny yourself the things you love for a while.
For the sake of this article, we will sum them up under the collective term of “carnival”.
So, what kinds of carnivals can be observed across the globe?
- Mardi Gras (mainly the US)
- Brazillian Carnival
- Barranquilla’s Carnival (Colombia)
- German Carnival
- Swabian-Alemannic Fasnacht (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)
- Venice Carnival (Italy)
Many other countries, like the Netherlands, Puerto Rico or Lithuania have similar festivities. Some other, like the Holi Festival, do not traditionally take place in February, but in March.
All kinds of sounds for carnival festivities.
Chinese New Year
In Western culture, we are used that the year ends on December 31st and starts on January 1st. But not all calendars follow this rule. While it’s internationally acknowledged, some other cultures celebrate their New Year festivities on different dates.
Chinese New Year is typically celebrated in February, including different traditions and national holidays.
More on the Chinese New Year festivities. Also, stay tuned for next week’s article on the Year of the Dog!
Another celebration day, one that’s actually quite (in)famous, is Valentine’s Day. Some love it, some despise it, some only despise the commercial aspects of it. Whether you are a new couple or been together for years, Valentine’s is a great day to especially focus on your loved one. Of course, you should spend much quality time together and be lovely to each other all year round, but like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s is often used to especially focus on that.
You don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s as advertised everywhere though. Just make it your day to cherish your loved ones. Over the years, we have gathered some ideas for Valentine’s Day:
- Picking Valentine’s Day Music
- Valentine’s Music and Tips
- Prepare for a Perfect Valentine’s Day
- Find an Early Valentine’s Day Idea for Next Year
National & International Days
Check out the calendar below. There, we gathered some holidays and observances across February.
|February 1st||February 2nd||February 3rd||February 4th|
|February 5th||February 6th||February 7th||February 8th|
|February 9th||February 10th||February 11th||February 12th|
|February 13th||February 14th||February 15th||February 16th|
|February 17th||February 18th||February 19th||February 20th|
|February 21st||February 22nd||February 23rd||February 24th|
|February 25th||February 26th||February 27th||February 28th|
First Friday in February:
- Bubble Gum Day
- Nat. Wear Red Day
First Saturday in February:
- Eat Icecream for Breakfast Day
Second Monday in February:
- Nat. Clean out Your Computer Day
Second Tuesday in February:
- Safer Internet Day
Third Monday in February:
- Presidents Day
Fourth Thursday in February
- Nat. Chili Day
Last Tuesday in February
- Spay Day USA
Last Day in February
- Rare Disease Day USA
For an extensive list check NationalDayCalendar.com