History of February: What Happens Now?

Remembering February

You may recall the mnemonic:

Food:

  • February 1 is celebrated as Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, regrettably limited to only one day a year.
  • It’s also National Snack Food Month and National Chocolate Lovers Month for those with a sweet tooth.
  • Because it’s also American Heart Month and National Dental Health Month, you might want to ignore the previous two bullets.

Ethnic:

  • President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1976. But it was fifty years earlier in 1926 that Black leaders, including leader historian Carter G. Woodson of Howard University and West Virginia State University, dedicated the 2nd week to the history of African-Americans as Negro History Week to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb 14)
  • Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is big in Asia, and where ever Chinese people have migrated to, about 20% of the planet observes this holiday. Expect travel changes this year in a Coronavirus world.

Religious:

  • Groundhog Day or Candlemas is also known as St. Bridget’s Day.
  • Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, usually falls in February.
  • St. Valentine’s Day, the $2.4B candy celebration (see Food above), falls on February 14.
  • The first Sunday of the month, at least since 2002, is the major religious holiday Super Bowl Sunday.

Presidential:

  • Presidents Day, combining Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays falls in February.

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