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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BANNERS: Public Sleeping Day! | February 28

Public Sleeping Day is an opportunity to sleep in public. We can think of a whole lot of places to sleep in the public eye. And, today is the day to do it.

You can sleep on a park bench. You can doze on a blanket on the beach. Some people may opt to sleep on the job.  They do so at their own risk.

Source(s): holidayinsights

BANNERS: Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day aka Mardi Gras aka ...

It's Shrove Tuesday! The day changes every year because it is determined by when Easter falls. It marks 47 days until Easter!

It is also celebrated as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day in other countries and is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent.

This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve". Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who "make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BANNERS: International Mother Language Day | February 21

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.

International Mother Language Day 
21 February

Thursday, February 16, 2017

BANNERS: National ALMOND DAY | February 16

Hooray for almonds! Happy National Almond Day!

The almond is native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, eastward as far as the Yamuna River in India. In Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and other Central Asian countries, it is known as bādām. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe, and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.

National Almond Day - website

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BANNERS: National Flag of Canada Day | February 15

On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Every year since 1996, when Parliament declared February 15th as National Flag of Canada Day, we celebrate our beautiful flag.

In 2017, the National Flag of Canada is celebrating its 52nd anniversary. Canadians are invited to celebrate this important symbol of our identity by organizing their own events and by showing their pride on social media.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

BANNERS: (Happy) Groundhog Day!

UPDATED: Groundhog Day consensus calls for early spring!

They have their 'Punxsutawney Phil' - we have our 'Wiarton Willie', and there are others that have joined in recently like 'Dundas Donna' of Toronto and la marmotte de Québec, 'Fred'...

Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday originating in the United States that is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Groundhog Day was adopted in the U.S. in 1887. Clymer H. Freas was the editor of the local paper Punxsutawney Spirit at the time, and he began promoting the town’s groundhog as the official "Groundhog Day meteorologist".

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.