Happy February! Welcome to the shortest month of the year. And since this isn’t a leap year, February has 28 days, not 29. And even though it’s the shortest month, but it’s packed with holidays and special days.
Right off the bat there’s Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, when some silly, roly-poly creature crawls out of his den and if he sees his shadow (which means the sun is shining) he goes back into his den to sleep for six more weeks because winter’s still hanging around.
If it’s a cloudy day and he doesn’t see his shadow, he plays outside because he knows spring is right around the corner. If it were me, I’d just stay in my warm den, nice and cozy and just wait until someone lets me know that spring is here. Only then would I come out of my den. But then again, I’m a dog, so you know how much we love to nap.
Anywho, this silly ground hog is named Punxsutawney Phil and this whole thing, with a lot of fanfare, takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It’s actually affiliated with the religious observance of Candlemas (also Feb. 2) in which candles used during the year are blessed by priests during the Feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary. The candles represent Jesus, the light, the truth and the way.
See, even something as silly as Ground Hog Day is based on long-standing tradition and observations.
February also Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), of course, President’s Day (Feb. 19), Mardis Gras (Feb. 13), Ash Wednesday (also Feb. 14), Chinese New Year’s (Feb. 16), plus Mom’s favorite, National Drink Wine Day (Feb. 18) and one of my favorites (I have a lot), National Love Your Pet Day (Feb. 20), which I really think should be every day. Another of my favorites is Walking the Dog Day, Feb. 22, but once again, that should be every day, right?
February is also a pretty big month to honor and celebrate too. In addition to being Black History Month, it’s American Heart Month, Creative Romance Month, Great American Pie Month, and National Weddings Month.
And since it’s American Heart Month, the first Friday (Feb. 2) is also National Wear Red Day. Men and women are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health and to bring attention to the problem of heart disease in women. I was surprised to hear this, but in this country, coronary heart disease is the “#1 killer of women in the United States.”
Time to break out the red outfits, Mom!
Have a happy and healthy February!