Holidays in February (2015 calendar dates)

So yesterday, I finally got to write my post about Groundhog’s day (Go me!). And today, I was thinking about all of the holidays in February. So, thanks to Holiday Insights (at, I was able to find all of the holidays of the month. Some I have heard of, others not some much, and apparently, February is the month of a couple of different things other than Black History Month. In is also

  • American Heart Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Great American Pie Month (this just spoke to the Supernatural fan and Dean girl inside of me)

among many others.

Now the daily holidays are below, and are followed as, including the ones that have already passed, of 2015:

  1. National Freedom Day
  2. Groundhog Day; Candle-mas
  3. The day the Music Died
  4. Create a Vacuum Day
  5. Thank a Mailman Day
  6. National Weatherman’s Day
  7. Lame Duck Day; Eat Ice Cream of Breakfast Day (always the 1st Saturday of the month); Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day; Send a Card to a Friend Day
  8. Boy Scout Day; Kite Flying Day; Clean out Your Computer Day (always the second Monday of the month)
  9. Toothache Day
  10. Umbrella Day
  11. Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day; Make a Friend Day; White T-Shirt Day;
  12. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday; Plum Pudding Day
  13. Blame Someone Else Day (always the first Friday the 13th of the year); Get a Different Name Day
  14. Ferris Wheel Day; National Organ Donor Day; Valentine’s Day
  15. National Gum Drop Day; Singles Awareness Day; the day of Valentine’s Day Candy goes one sale (my absolute favorite)
  16. President’s Day; Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  17. Random Acts of Kindness Day
  18. National Batter Day
  19. Chinese New Years (the day varies); National Chocolate Mint Day
  20. Cherry Pine Day; Hoodie Hod Day; Love Your Pet Day
  21. Card Reading Day
  22. George Washington’s Birthday; Be Humble Day; Walking the Dog Day; International World Thinking Day
  23. International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day; Tennis Day.
  24. National Tortilla Chip Day
  25. Pistol Patent Day
  26. Carnival Day; National Pistachio Day; Tell a Fairy Tale Day
  27. Polar Bear Day; No Brainer Day
  28. Floral Design Day; Public Sleeping Day; National Tooth Fairy Day (this day and/or August 22nd)
  29. Leap Day (sadly, we must wait one more year for this day.)

These are so many awesome holidays, I might do things in honor of them. You’re just going to have to wait and see.

Groundhog’s Day

So, last week, I kind of brought up the question of where Groundhog’s day came from. I was planning on writing this post last week, but life happens. I’m in AP English IV (where I have to read twelve books by next Friday), among other classes that I have. But now, on with the history.

The first Groundhog’s day was February 2, 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania where there is, to this day, a three-day celebration with the Punxsatawney Groundhog Club and that Phil’s (the first ground hog used) line is the only one that can actually “see the future” when it comes to the weather. The tradition behind it is that if a groundhog’s sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. The omen about there being six more weeks of winter sounds strange, but with the habits of groundhogs, it actual makes some sense.

Winter, according the the calender, ends two weeks into March in the Northern Hemisphere, which is six weeks after the prediction via groundhog. Groundhogs are hibernating animals which means that they sleep through the winter. Male groundhogs leave hibernation in early February and search for a mate. After this, they go back into hibernation until March, which fits the timeline of the prediction.

Although the Groundhog’s prediction falls into the hibernation schedule, the tradition of tracking the days until the end of winter did not start there.

In ancient Christian tradition, there was a holiday known as Candle-mas Day. This is the day where the church’s clergymen bless and distribute candles needed for the rest of winter, marking a milestone. In was believed that the weather present on that day, indicated the season. It was believed that if the day was dry, winter was still among the land, but if it was a wet day, spring had come. This tradition was then brought to the Germans, by the Roman people, who assigned the hedgehog as the animal to predict the weather. When those people started to migrate to America, the groundhog looked similar to the European hedgehog, so they decided to make the groundhog the new animal predicting the weather.


(If the links are wrong, please tell me so that I can fix them.)

About Me

Hey guys,

I’m the Drabble Geek, and I am a geek who is also a fangirl on the side. I’m a high school senior, and the hardest thing is all the homework and college and scholarship applications, but I am a fangirl at heart so I will find time to obsess over my fictional-character friends.

Right now, the shows I’m obsessing over are:

  • Supernatural
  • Criminal Minds
  • Constantine
  • Charmed (yes, I know its kinda old, but its on Netflix)
  • Anime and manga of all types
  • and others (the power of Netflix is endless)

I am also going to be posting some of the stories that I will right so that will be pretty great. Any story ideas that you would like me to write about, send it to me, and I will be all ears. And because I am self proclaimed geek, I will post things that interest me. No promises that it will interest you.

Oh, by the way, Happy Groundhog’s Day. This holiday in general confuses me. What happens if the groundhog says that spring has come early. Does that somehow change the weather everywhere on early. What if the sun is out in one location and not in the other. And really, where did this holiday come from to begin with?

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