Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year Day, Privilege of Ladies Day, Surf and Turf Day, more

February 29th, 2012, is Leap Year Day, The Privilege of Ladies Day, International Underlings Day, Galileo Day, Earth Moves Day, Rodaytion, Repetitive Strain Injuries Awareness Day, Rare Disease Day, and National Surf and Turf Day.

Leap Year Day occurs every four years, in general, on an extra day counted as February 29th. Leap years keep the Gregorian Calendar in sync with the solar year, which is about 365 1/4 days long. Leap years occur whenever the last two digits of the year are divisible by 4, unless the last two digits are 00. If the last two digits are 00, the year is not a leap year unless the full four-digit year is divisible by 400. Whew - got that? According to these rules, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 will not be.

There's a Facebook campaign afoot, with the goal of making Leap Year Day a holiday.

According to folklore, women are "allowed" to propose to men on February 29th, The Privilege of Ladies Day. Guys, you've been warned!

International Underlings Day is a day to honor those who toil away every day, largely unrecognized. Today's the day to show them you care, with a lunch, a gift certificate, or a simple "thank you." Or go big and give them a raise! On non-leap years, feel free to do something special on February 28th or March 1st.

Galileo Day or Earth Moves Day or Rodaytion is only a proposed holiday, but I like the idea of celebrating the famous astronomer and the movements of the earth. The holiday's creator, "The Somnambulist," writes that the holiday should be: "A day of wonder about the beauty of the universe around us. A day of recognition of the benefits of science and of the scientific method. Finally, a day to honor the individuals who stand up for what they know is true."

The last day in February is Repetitive Strain Injuries Awareness Day. Hmmm..... maybe I should cut back a bit on my Holiday Whiz blogging or my "Angry Birds" playing.... Nah.

Certain diseases garner a great deal of attention - and funding to find a cure - but other rare diseases cause just as much misery and heartache. Consider supporting a lesser-known cause on Rare Disease Day. Usually this holiday is observed on February 28th, but in leap years (including 2012), Rare Disease Day is observed on February 29th.

National Surf and Turf Day comes around only once every four years, sad to say. Perhaps this is because steak and lobster are relatively expensive. In any event, happy day to you if you're lucky enough to indulge.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Public Sleeping Day, Floral Design Day, Chli Day, more

February 28th, 2012, is Public Sleeping Day, National Tooth Fairy Day, Floral Design Day, Gone-ta-Pott Day, Spay Day, Rare Disease Day,  Day of Andalucia, 228 Memorial Day (Taiwan), IHOP National Pancake Day, National Chili Day, and National Chocolate Souffle Day. 

You must be a trusting soul to participate in Public Sleeping Day. Try sleeping at your desk if you have an understanding boss or teacher. Otherwise, try a patch of grass in the park or a comfy chair at the mall. Be sure to cuddle your valuables. Sweet dreams!

National Tooth Fairy Day is observed on February 28th and August 22nd. Just think - she travels the globe every night, not just once a year like the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. The Tooth Fairy works so hard, she deserves two days of honor each year.

Floral Design Day is a great time to showcase your design sensibility. Gather some of your favorite flowers, considering color and shape, and arrange them in a way that pleases you. If you love the result, no other opinion matters.

The 28th of each month is Gone-ta-Pott Day, as proclaimed by the people who run the Gone-ta-Pott holiday website.

World Spay Day, always the last Tuesday in February, is an annual campaign of HSUS and Humane Society International. Please spay or neuter your pets! Follow the campaign on Twitter at #SpayDay.

Certain diseases garner a great deal of attention - and funding to find a cure - but other rare diseases cause just as much misery and heartache. Consider supporting a lesser-known cause on Rare Disease Day. CORRECTION: In leap years (including 2012), Rare Disease Day is observed on February 29th.

Day of Andalucia is observed on this date each year, commemorating a 1980 referendum that established Andalucia as an independent community.

228 Memorial Day is observed in Taiwan, in remembrance of a violent incident in 1947. In the past, even speaking of the incident was taboo.

On IHOP National Pancake Day, enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes, but please leave a donation for the Children's Miracle Network and local charities. The fundraising goal for 2012 is $2.7 million.

In honor of National Chili Day, whip up a pot of your favorite chili. I plan to recreate my Mom's classic ground-beef-and-kidney-bean recipe, kicked up a bit to suit our new millennium tastes.

If you have the culinary chops to put together a souffle, more power to you! Show off your skill today, National Chocolate Souffle Day.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

No Brainer Day, Great Lent, Kahlua Day, more

February 27th, 2012, is No Brainer Day, International Polar Bear Day, Great Lent, Orthodox Lent, Green Monday, Clean Monday, Independence Day (Dominican Republic), National Strawberry Day, and National Kahlua Day. 

No Brainer Day is the perfect opportunity to coast through items that must be done, that don't require much brain-power. Crank up the tunes and gather your tax receipts. Turn on your favorite TV show and hem that pair of pants. Brew a cup of tea and make those phone calls. You get the idea.

Polar Bears International asks each of us to help reduce CO2 in the environment, to help preserve the habitat of the polar bear. For example, turn your thermostat down five degrees or add weather stripping to your doors. Do your part on International Polar Bear Day.

Great Lent, also known as Orthodox Lent, begins on February 27th in 2012 and continues until Orthodox Easter. For members of the Orthodox Church, this is a period for fasting and repentance. The first day of Great Lent  is called Green Monday or Clean Monday.

The Dominican Republic observes Independence Day on February 27th.

National Strawberry Day is a great time to enjoy some strawberry shortcake, a strawberry smoothie, chocolate-covered strawberries, or just plain old fresh strawberries. Delicious!

After a long day of performing no-brainer tasks, saving polar bears, and eating strawberries, it's time to relax. Luckily, today is National Kahlua Day. Straight up or combined with other ingredients, Kahlua goes down smooth.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Academy Awards, Daytona 500, For Pete's Sake Day, more

February 26th, 2012, is the Academy Awards, Daytona 500, For Pete's Sake Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day, Liberation Day (Kuwait), Cheesefare Sunday, and World Pistachio Day. 

The 84th Academy Awards honor the best in film. Many people host Oscar parties to share in the excitement. This year's nominees for Best Picture are: The Artist; The Descendants; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; The Help; Hugo; Midnight in Paris; Moneyball; The Tree of Life; and War Horse. Which films have you seen, and which one is your favorite?

The Daytona 500 is NASCAR's biggest race, with 43 drivers and 500 intense miles. Each lap is 2.5 miles. How many laps make 500 miles? You do the math!

For Pete's Sake Day is a celebration of a common phrase nobody understands. Who is Pete? Well, many etymologists believe Pete is a stand-in for God, to avoid blasphemous speech. In other words, say "for Pete's sake" rather than "for God's sake."

Tell a Fairy Tale Day could be a time to read aloud some Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. On the other hand, it could be a time to discuss the current crop of political candidates and their campaign promises.

Kuwait observes Liberation Day on February 26th.

Cheesefare Sunday, also known as  Forgiveness Sunday, is observed by the Orthodox Church. It is the last day Orthodox Christians eat dairy until Easter.

World Pistachio Day honors a beloved nut that tastes quite different when made into my favorite ice cream flavor, pistachio. Remember when pistachios were usually dyed red, leaving evidence behind on your fingers when you ate them?

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sword Swallowers Day, Open that Bottle Night, more

February 25th, 2012, is International Sword Swallowers Day, Pistol Patent Day, Open that Bottle Night, Cuddle Day, Opera Day, People Power Revolution, National Day (Kuwait), Let's All Eat Right Day, Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day, and Clam Chowder Day.

International Sword Swallowers Day is celebrated each year at Ripley's, of "Believe It or Not" fame. Events are fun and educational, and the Sword Swallowers Association International raises funds to benefit injured sword swallowers. Ouch.

Pistol Patent Day commemorates the anniversary of the 1836 patent for the Colt Revolver. Samuel Colt obtained the patent, involving an adaptation of the revolving flintlock. Colt's mission was to make all parts on his guns interchangeable.

The last Saturday in February is Open that Bottle Night. Dust off that bottle of wine or champagne you've been saving for a special occasion, and share it with someone you love. Tomorrow offers no guarantees.

What is there to say about Cuddle Day? Share a cuddle with someone you love, perhaps while sharing the above-mentioned special bottle.

Opera Day celebrates the birth date of the great tenor, Enrico Caruso, who lived from 1873 to 1921. He was the first musician to have a best-selling recording history.

The Philippines observes People Power Revolution, remembering historic events that took place in 1986. The people revolted against then-President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos' wife, Imelda, was infamous for her shoe collection.

Kuwait observes National Day on February 25th.

Let's All Eat Right Day honors Adelle Davis, the "first lady of nutrition," born on this date in 1904. What would she say if she could see the processed foods and fast-food restaurants of today?

Today is Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day. Adelle Davis, mentioned above, would probably approve. Chocolate in moderation - especially dark chocolate - has health benefits.

Today is Clam Chowder Day. Presumably this includes both Manhattan and New England varieties. The famous novel might be I'll Take Manhattan, but, when it comes to clam chowder, I'll take New England.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Kissing Friday, Nippy Hug Friday, Work Your Proper Hours Day, more

February 24th, 2012, is Kissing Friday, Nippy Hug Friday, Work Your Proper Hours Day, Independence Day (Estonia), Dia de la Bandera, and National Tortilla Chip Day.

Kissing Friday, also known as Nippy Hug Friday in Sileby, Leicestershire, was celebrated in the UK until the 1940s on the Friday following Ash Wednesday. On this day a schoolboy could demand a kiss from a schoolgirl. If she agreed, great, but if she refused, the boy was allowed to pinch her on the bottom! Imagine the lawsuits, if this sort of thing went on today.

On Work Your Proper Hours Day, try to work your regularly scheduled hours and no more. Don't stay late; don't skimp on your lunch break. (Of course, if this puts you behind schedule on a task, you might have to come in early on Monday.)

February 24th is Independence Day in Estonia, celebrating independence since 1918.

Dia de la Bandera is Flag Day in Mexico, not a day to honor actor Antonio Banderas.

Have some guacamole or salsa today, along with crispy triangles of corn goodness, to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Curling Is Cool Day, Banana Bread Day, Chili Day, more

Febryary 23rd, 2012, is Tennis Day, Curling Is Cool Day, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, World Peace and Understanding Day, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, Banana Bread Day, and National Chili Day.

Tennis Day celebrates a game that was patented in 1874 by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield.

On Curling Is Cool Day, show some respect for a much-maligned sport. Curling is included in the Winter Olympics, after all.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is designed to show girls that engineering is creative and collaborative. Engineers are changing the world!

World Peace and Understanding Day is a holiday created by Rotary International. According to the Rotary District 9200 website, "This day provides an opportunity for Rotary to reflect and build on its partnerships with various organisations and also inform the world on its diversity and internationality in addition to its activities."

On International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, buy some fancy dog biscuits for your canine companions. Or, if you're truly ambitious, bake your own. (Personally, I don't find the need to bake special treats for someone who's happy to eat from a garbage can, but to each his own.)

If you have no dogs to bake for, bake some banana bread for yourself and your family today. This is an especially great idea if you have some bananas on the verge of blackness. Soft bananas make the best banana bread ever. Have a wonderful and happy Banana Bread Day!

The last Thursday in February is National Chili Day. Now, this is a holiday I can fully embrace. So many options - beans or no beans? beef, chicken, or pork? spicy or mild? Whatever you choose, save a little for tomorrow, then mix it with sour cream for a fabulous dip. Ole!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday, Inconvenience Yourself Day, Margarita Day, more

February 22nd, 2012, is Ash Wednesday, Single-Tasking Day, World Thinking Day, Inconvenience Yourself Day, Be Humble Day, Walking the Dog Day, George Washington's Birthday, Independence Day (Saint Lucia), National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for many Christians. Some attend services and receive ashes on their foreheads, representing mortality, sorrow for sins, change, and forgiveness.

Stop everything and acknowledge the wisdom of Single-Tasking Day. Sometimes we get too distracted with working, having conversations, driving, tweeting, changing channels, web surfing, and so many other things at the same time. Bring some peace and quality control into your life by focusing on one thing at a time.

World Thinking Day celebrates Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe. The theme for 2012 is, "We can save our planet."

The fourth Wednesday in February is Inconvenience Yourself Day. The website dedicated to this holiday features the following explanation: "Inconvenience Yourself is a way of living. It includes not only how you behave, but also recognizing and acknowledging the actions of others."

Be Humble Day is a day to be modest about your accomplishments. Shine the light on someone else, instead.

In honor of Walking the Dog Day, either walk your canine or learn the famous yo-yo trick:

George Washington's Birthday used to be celebrated on the actual date of his birth, February 22nd. Since 1971, however, the first president of the United States has been honored on Presidents' Day, the third Monday in February.

St. Lucia observes Independence Day on February 22nd.

On National Margarita Day, enjoy a delicous drink that comes in many flavors these days. Just don't forget the tequila. I'll have mine on the rocks, sans salt! Salud!
Today is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. There's a world of possibilities out there, beyond bathing them in marshmallows or maple syrup.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Paczki Day, more

February 21st, 2012, is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Card Reading Day, Palindrome Day, International Mother Language Day, In Memory of Father of Independence (Vanuatu), National Sticky Bun Day, and Paczki Day. 

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Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is always celebrated on the day before Lent begins. The Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold represent justice, faith, and power, respectively. Gather those beads!

The last day before Lent is also known as Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. It's the day to use up all remaining fat, since Lent brings dietary restrictions. Grill those rich, tasty pancakes!

Today is Card Reading Day. Not as exciting, perhaps, as drinking beer, eating paczki, and collecting beads, but safer and more diet-friendly.

Palindrome Day is here again, because 21-02-2012 is the same forward or backward.

The United Nations supports International Mother Language Day on February 21st. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, writes, "The language of our thoughts and our emotions is our most valuable asset. Multilingualism is our ally in ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion and in combating discrimination."

Vanuatu observes In Memory of Father of Independence, honoring Father Walter Lini.

National Sticky Bun Day has nothing to do with sitting on honey-coated chairs (in case you wondered). Bake up a batch of caramelly, sticky, gooey buns and enjoy.

Paczki Day celebrates a Polish baked item, pronounced "ponch-key." The day has links with Mardi Gras. Celebrate fully, but come home safely.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents' Day, Hoodie-Hoo Day, Bolludagur, more

February 20th, 2012, is Presidents' Day, Hoodie-Hoo Day, Clean Out Your Bookcases Day, Toothpick Day, Daisy Gatson Bates Day, Love Your Pet Day, World Day of Social Justice, Shrovetide, Shrove Monday, Collop Monday, Maha Shivaratri, Canadian Heritage Day, Louis Riel Day, National Cherry Pie Day, Bolludagur, and National Cream Puff Day.

Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February, honoring George Washington. Some say the holiday honors Abraham Lincoln and the other U.S. presidents as well, but technically the day honors only Washington.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Hoodie-Hoo Day is celebrated on February 20th. At noon local time, step outside, wave your hands in the air, and shout, "Hoodie-Hoo!" This is meant to chase away winter and welcome spring.

Clean Out Your Bookcases Day is simpler these days for some people, given the popularity of e-readers. Do consider donating your unloved books to a local school, library, or charity. If you're all about the e-books, go ahead and donate the bookcase too.

Consider the humble toothpick, used for appetizer handles, sandwich stabilizers, and craft projects. Oh, and some people use them to clean their teeth. Today is Toothpick Day, commemorating the date in 1872 when the first toothpick-making machine was patented.

Arkansas, USA, observes Daisy Gatson Bates Day on the same day as Presidents' Day, honoring a civil rights activist.

Love Your Pet Day is a time to play an extra game with your cat or bring an extra treat for your dog. Don't forget the birds, fish, snakes, and so on. Just give your pets a little extra love.

The United Nations supports World Day of Social Justice on February 20th. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "Let us work together to balance the global economy and build a new social contract for the 21st century. Let us chart a development path that leads to greater social justice and the future we want."

Shrovetide includes the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Shrovetide is a time to cleanse the soul, and, perhaps your house as well, if you're into spring cleaning. The Monday of Shrovetide is known as Shrove Monday or Collop Monday. Collops - or chunks - of bacon are served with eggs, and the fat from the collops is saved for Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday.

HIndus observe Maha Shivaratri on the fourteenth night of the new moon during the dark half of Phalguna. Whew! In 2012, that's February 20th. On this day the lord of destruction performed the dance of primordial creation, preservation, and destruction.

The third Monday in February is Canadian Heritage Day.

Louis Riel Day is observed on the third Monday in February in Manitoba, Canada. Politician Louis Riel represented the Metis people and led a rebellion in 1885.

It may seem appropriate that National Cherry Pie Day falls on Presidents' Day this year, but the story of George Washington and the cherry tree is just that - a story.

Iceland celebrates Bolludagur, or National Cream Puff Day, during which they eat not only cream puffs but also other ball-shaped foods, such as meatballs or fish balls. Sounds like the makings of a great buffet.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pisces, Sign of the Fishes, February 19 to March 20

Pisces. Image: Salvatore Vuono,

Everyone born between February 19th and March 20th is a Pisces, the sign of the Fishes.

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Holiday Whiz Blogiversary, Quinquagesima Sunday, more

February 19th, 2012, is the Holiday Whiz Blogiversary, Temporary Insanity Day, Palindrome Day, Meatfare Sunday, Shrove Sunday, Quinquagesima Sunday, Shrove Sunday, Cracker Jack Day, and National Chocolate Mint Day.

One year ago today, I published my first blog post as The Holiday Whiz. Thanks for your support, loyal readers and friends. Hmmm.....any suggestions about how I should celebrate my Blogiversary?

The world is your oyster, so to speak, on Temporary Insanity Day. Do whatever you feel then plead temporary insanity. Smother that oyster with Temporary Insanity Sauce and have a crazy day!

Today marks the final Palindrome Day in our consecutive series, which ran from 2-10-12 through today, 2-19-12. Whew!

Meatfare Sunday marks the last Sunday when members of the Orthodox Church are allowed to eat meat, until the end of Great Lent.

Quinquagesima Sunday, also known as Shrove Sunday, is the fiftieth day before Easter. Take time today to learn the correct pronunciation of this holiday!

February 19th is Cracker Jack Day, the snack you're supposed to buy at the ball game, along with peanuts. One hundred years ago today, in fact, the first toy was placed in a Cracker Jack box! Now that's a moment in history.

National Chocolate Mint Day brings together two beloved flavors - chocolate and mint. Have them in a beverage, a candy, a cookie, or some crazy savory concoction you might dream up.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thumb Appreciaton Day, Egg Saturday, Drink Wine Day, more

February 18th, 2012, is Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day, Thumb Appreciation Day, National Battery Day, Palindrome Day, Shrove Saturday, Egg Saturday, Shopping Cart Saturday, Democracy Day (Nepal), Independence Day (Gambia), National Drink Wine Day, and National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day.  

Now here's an unusual holiday - Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day! Apparently on this date in 1930 a cow name Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane. My own St. Louis, Missouri, played a role in this bit of history, too. Containers of milk were dropped from the plane by parachute over the city. Is this sort of like the Mile High Club for cows?

On Thumb Appreciation Day, forget about those index fingers and pinkies. All the love goes to the thumbs.

Where would we be without batteries to power everything from our gadgets to our cars? Get charged up about batteries on National Battery Day.

Palindrome Day happens every time the date looks the same forward or reversed. Today is such a day - 2-18-12.

The Saturday before Ash Wednesday and Lent is Shrove Saturday, also known as Egg Saturday.

The Saturday before Mardi Gras is Shopping Cart Saturday at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. That's one crazy parade.

Nepal observes Democracy Day, commemorating the anniversary of their constitution, adopted in 1952.

Gambia observes Independence Day on February 18th, celebrating independence from Britain since 1964.

National Drink Wine Day is self-explanatory. Cheers!

Today brings a foodie holiday that is so specific! If you love seafood, celebrate National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

My Way Day, Who Shall I Be Day, more

February 17th, 2012, is My Way Day, Who Shall I Be Day, NAACP Image Awards, Palindrome Day, World Human Spirit Day, World Cabbage Day, and National Cafe au Lait Day.

Today is My Way Day. Could be a day to pout until everyone caves to your demands. Could be a way to express yourself creatively. Could be a day to belt out that famous Sinatra tune:

Who Shall I Be Day kinda goes along with My Way Day, right? Seems February 17th is a day for self-absorption! Better yet, celebrate Who Shall I Be Day as a day for self-improvement.

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards takes place tonight. The show is "the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice."

Yes, folks, I know it's getting tiresome. But for the record, I must report that today, 2-17-12, is Palindrome Day once again.

On World Spirit Day, people around the world come together for two minutes of silence, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Convert to your local time here. The event is meant to celebrate our connection with each other.

On World Cabbage Day, no one comes together for a moment of silence, as far as I know. Nevertheless, pay tribute to cabbage by having some slaw, egg rolls, or cabbage soup.

Relax and enjoy a holiday that's easy to embrace - National Cafe au Lait Day. That's coffee with milk, basically!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Do a Grouch a Favor Day, more

February 16th, 2012, is Do a Grouch a Favor Day, Palindrome Day, Kyoto Protocol Day, and Almond Day.

Today is Do a Grouch a Favor Day. If everyone does a favor for just one grouch, maybe grouches will become an endangered species. Better yet, ask your favorite grouch to search Google for their special day, by searching "do a " and see what happens! (If that doesn't work, try Googling "do a barrel roll.") Freaky!

2-16-12 is yet another Palindrome Day.

Kyoto Protocol Day commemorates ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement between nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Almond Day celebrates a delicious nut, enjoyable straight or in desserts or candy. If you ever get the chance, try cocoa roast almonds - nothing better!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

John Frum Day, Lupercalia, Nirvana Day, more

February 15th, 2012, is John Frum Day, Lupercalia, Nirvana Day, Thanks for a Great Valentine's Day, Palindrome Day, Susan B. Anthony Day, Remember the Maine Day, National Flag of Canada Day, and Gumdrop Day. 

John Frum Day is the most intriguing holiday ever encountered by The Holiday Whiz. John Frum isn't actually a person. John Frum seems to be a corruption of "John from America," and he is worshipped as a deity on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. During World War II, American troops landed on the island with food and supplies, to the delight of the natives. Since the war ended, so-called cargo cults have prayed for the return of John Frum. On February 15th they dress as GIs, display the American flag, and build symbolic landing strips! I hope their prayers are answered.
Lupercalia is an ancient Roman festival, no longer celebrated. Men sacrificed goats, then ran about town with the goat skins. Young wives wanted to be touched by the skins, to promote fertility.

Buddhists celebrate Nirvana Day, remembering the death of Buddha and his transition into parinirvana, the ultimate nirvana.

If you're suffering from withdrawal after yesterday's overload of red and pink hearts, send ecards to celebrate Thanks for a Great Valentine's Day.

Palindrome Day continues today, 2-15-12. Four more consecutive days to go!

Susan B. Anthony Day honors an important activist. She fought for women's rights in the United States, especially the right to vote.

Remember the Maine Day is observed on February 15h, the anniversary of the 1898 event that started the Spanish-American War. The U.S.S. Maine, an American warship, was blown up in Havana, Cuba. After the explosion, 260 men were dead or missing.
Those in the Great White North celebrate National Flag of Canada Day today.

After yesterday's overload of chocolate, flowers, and hearts, it's nice to enjoy the childlike simplicity of Gumdrop Day.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day, Quirkyalone Day, more

February 14th, 2012, is Valentine's Day, Heart to Heart Day, International Quirkyalone Day, National Call in Single Day, Gold Heart Day, National Have-a-Heart Day, Ferris Wheel Day, Think About Sex Day, National Condom Day, Library Lovers Day, Race Relations Day, Extraterrestrial Culture Day, Palindrome Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day, World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day, National Donor Day, and Cream-Filled Chocolates Day.

Chocolate hearts. Image: FreeDigitalPhotos, nokhoog_buchachon.
Valentine's Day is here again. Do something romantic for your lover, something sweet for your friend, something nurturing for yourself. The day is about love, not sadness; joy, not loneliness. Enjoy my "Top 10 Romantic Movie Quotes" to get in the mood.

Heart to Heart Day, an offshoot of Valentine's Day, is an opportunity to share your heart with another. In our world of electronic communications, send your heart to someone else via ecard.

International Quirkyalone Day is a sweet alternative to the commercialism of Valentine's Day. According to, "IQD is a celebration of romance, freedom and individuality. It celebrates true romance (as opposed to the fake versions presented to us in reality dating shows), independence, creativity, friendship, and all kinds of love - including love for yourself."

National Call in Single Day is certainly a holiday in reaction to Valentine's Day. I don't endorse this one, because there's no shame in being single. Definitely it's better to be single than to be with the wrong person. Have yourself a wonderful day, no matter what your relationship status may be.

Gold Heart Day takes Valentine's Day to the realm of philanthropy. In the UK, people buy and wear Gold Hearts in support of the Variety Club Children's Charity.

On National Have-a-Heart Day, consider adopting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Proponents say it promotes heart health.

How about a romantic rendezvous for two under the stars at fifty feet, on a ferris wheel with twinkling lights? Ferris Wheel Day honors George Ferris, inventor of the classic romantic carnival ride.

Our friends in the UK observe Think About Sex Day on Valentine's Day. If you forgot to bring flowers or a card for your partner, however, thinking about sex might be all you do.

National Condom Day fits in with the general holiday theme, in a way. Never allow yourself to be so swept away by emotion that you forget to protect yourself against disease or unwanted pregnancy.

Books (and the arts) need love too. Take time during the day to relax and celebrate Library Lovers Day.

February 14th is Race Relations Day. Make room in your heart for those who may be different from you on the outside, but who have a human heart just like yours on the inside.

Totally unrelated to matters of the heart, today is Extraterrestrial Culture Day. The holiday is observed on the second Tuesday in February.

2-14-12 is Palindrome Day once again.

LCA (Last Chance for Animals) promotes Pet Theft Awareness Day today. Think about ways to ensure the safety of your pets - chips, secure fences, better supervision - whatever is necessary. Pets are important members of the family.

Heart disease is a type of broken heart, which is why today is World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. How can you help? What steps can you take to become more heart-healthy?

Share your heart with others, figuratively speaking, by signing up to be an organ donor. Today is National Donor Day.

What's Valentine's Day without chocolate? Be your own Valentine and buy some chocolates for yourself! Have a glorious Cream-Filled Chocolates Day!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Madly in Love with Me Day, Get a Different Name Day, more

February 13th, 2012, is Madly in Love with Me Day, Get a Different Name Day, Value our Friendship Day, Clean Out Your Computer Day, Palindrome Day, Westminster Dog Show, Employee Legal Awareness Day, and Tortellini Day.

Madly in Love with Me Day isn't about conceit or self-absorption. Christine Arylo of Expanding Possibility, LLC, writes, "While it is true that women and girls have more equality and self esteem than ever before, something isn't changing. We believe that something is self-love.... knowing that you can do anything doesn't stop women and girls from beating themselves up, putting themselves into abusive relationships or hating and destroying their bodies." Loving yourself means protecting yourself and taking care of yourself.

Are you less than thrilled with the name your parents gave you? If so, take advantage of Get a Different Name Day. For inspiration, check out my list of celebrity baby names!

Value our Friendship Day is a nice time to meet an old friend for lunch, make a phone call to catch up, or at least send an e-greeting.

The second Monday in February is Clean Out Your Computer Day. Take time to empty your recycle bin, clear out some files and folders you no longer use, and scan your devices for viruses.

Once again today, 2-13-12, we celebrate Palindrome Day.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins today in New York, featuring 2,000 well-bred canines.

Employee Legal Awareness Day stresses the importance of educating employees about relevant legal issues.

Enjoy a stuffed ring-shaped pasta, reminisent of promise rings or wedding bands, while romance is in the air this week. Celebrate Tortellini Day!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

World Marriage Day, Love a Mensch Day, more

February 12th, 2012, is World Marriage Day, Love a Mensch Day, Darwin Day, Palindrome Day, Sexual and Reproductive Health Day, Arschleder Sledding World Championship, Oglethorpe Day, and National Plum Pudding Day.

Marriage. Image: FreeDigitalPhotos, nuttakit.
World Marriage Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in February, right around Valentine's Day. Keep the romance in your marriage alive by doing something sweet and unexpected.

Two days before Valentine's Day is Love a Mensch Day. If you're not sure what a mensch (or mentch) is, check this description!

Darwin Day, celebrated on the birth date of Charles Darwin, celebrates his theories and scientific exploration in general. Isn't the "mensch" the ultimate evolved man?

Today is Palindrome Day because the date is 2-12-12 - the same forward or backward. (Just don't write out the year as four digits.) Come to think of it, every day from 2-10-12 to 2-19-12 is Palindrome Day!

The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health sponsors Sexual and Reproductive Health Day. Their goal this year is to distribute information via social media. Glad I can help, I suppose!

In Neudorf, Germany, competitors slide on leather britches, hoping to win the Arschleder Sledding World Championship. Originally, back in the Middle Ages, participants wore their Arschleder over their work trousers while riding tree stumps down the mountain. Sounds wintery and splintery!

The U.S. state of Georgia celebrates Oglethorpe Day, honoring James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah and the colony's first governor. Oglethorpe and his British comrades landed in the area on this date in 1733. Georgia is named for King George II.

I learned a surprising fact from Punchbowl just now. Seems plum pudding contains no plums, as we know them in the U.S., but instead features raisins, apples, cinnamon, and dates. Who knew? Anyway, have a happy National Plum Pudding Day.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Be Electrific Day, Woo at the Zoo, Peppermint Patty Day, more

February 11th, 2012, is Be Electrific Day, Inventors' Day, Satisfied Staying Single Day, Don't Cry over Spilt Milk Day, Make a Friend Day, White T-Shirt Day, Woo at the Zoo, Pro Sports Wives Day, World Day of the Sick, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, National Shut-In Visitation Day, National Foundation Day (Japan), and National Peppermint Patty Day.

Be Electrific Day, also known as Inventors' Day, commemorates the birth date of Thomas Edison. His light bulb invention is really starting to catch on.

Satisfied Staying Single Day is a day of pride for every happy single person, as well as every pretending-to-be-happy single. The day is most likely a reaction to the social pressures of Valentine's Day.

On Don't Cry over Spilt Milk Day, don't dwell on events you cannot change. Instead, use your energy to make positive change for the future.

Put out a little extra effort today. Say "hello," make light conversation, smile or nod at someone as you pass, perform a random act of kindness. Embrace the spirit of Make a Friend Day.

White T-Shirt Day commemorates a show of solidarity by the United Auto Workers in 1937. Participants wore white t-shirts in the spirit of unity. Celebrate by wearing a white t-shirt, buying an American-made car, or listening to some Plain White T's tunes.

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, hosts Woo at the Zoo. This adults-only event offers participants a glimpse into the mating and reproductive habits of animals, along with hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and the chance to decorate a brownie from, appropriately enough, Naughty Bits Brownies.

Pro Sports Wives Day honors those who seem to lead cushy lives - the wives of professional athletes. They have money, of course. They're invited to fancy events. They have the opportunity to travel with their husbands or enjoy breathing space when their hubbies are out of town, whichever suits their style. The main downside might be the sports groupies.

On February 11th, the Catholic Church observes World Day of the Sick and Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In 2012 events are being held in Germany. Pope Benedict XVI writes, "On the occasion of the World Day of the Sick, which we will celebrate on 11 February 2012, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, I wish to renew my spiritual closeness to all sick people who are in places of care or are looked after in their families, expressing to each one of them the solicitude and the affection of the whole Church."

National Shut-In Visitation Day is a great day to visit someone who lives alone or doesn't get out much. Spread a little cheer in a local nursing home or hospital. Everyone needs companionship!

The people of Japan celebrate the founding of their nation on National Foundation Day.

Celebrate either the chocolate and mint confection or the girl who likes Charlie Brown on National Peppermint Patty Day.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Palindrome Day, Umbrella Day, Plimsoll Day, more

February 10th, 2012, is Palindrome Day, Umbrella Day, National Day of Action, Plimsoll Day, and National Cream Cheese Brownie Day.

Palindrome Day is here again! A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sentence that's spelled the same way forward or backward - "Do geese see God?" for example. Today's date is a numerical palindrome - 2-10-2012. This is your special day, wordsmiths and math geeks!

Umbrella Day could be the day to play Rihanna's song about her um-ber-ella-ella-ella or The Hollies' tune about sharing an umbrella. Just don't open an umbrella in the house, okay? That's unlucky.

National Day of Action is observed in the UK on Friday of Go Green Week. Here's the latest from People and Planet: "This year, we're asking the government to live up to its promise to become the greenest government ever and take urgent action to secure the education sector's transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future that can create green jobs."

Plimsoll Day honors Samuel Plimsoll, who introduced the Unseaworthy Ships Act in Britain in 1876. The Act was meant to solve the problem of overloaded ships, by requiring a line - the Plimsoll Line - to be painted on every ship's hull to show its waterline at maximum capacity. Unfortunately, the original Act was poorly written, requiring a line but not requiring the line to be accurately placed!

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day highlights a different sort of brownie. I'm not sure if it's meant to have extra zing or just be healthier than regular brownies made with butter. If you try some, please report back!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Read in the Bathtub Day, Pizza Pie Day, more

February 9th, 2012, is Read in the Bathtub Day, Switch Off Thursday, Toothache Day, Pizza Pie Day, and National Bagels and Lox Day.

Today is Read in the Bathtub Day. I'll pass on this one, thanks. Don't want my Kindleto get all sudsy.

Thursday of Go Green Week is Switch Off Thursday. Participate by switching off lights when you leave a room, unplugging chargers when not in use, and turning off water when possible while brushing your teeth or washing dishes.

Speaking of brushing your teeth, today is Toothache Day. If you haven't seen a dentist in a while, screw up your courage and make an appointment.

Pizza Pie Day is a time to skip the typical pepperoni or sausage and try some creative toppings. How about Thai chicken, bacon and eggs, or fennel and chorizo?

Today is National Bagels and Lox Day. Enjoy this classic combination. Hey - I know - try it on a pizza!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Extraterrestrial Culture Day, Laugh and Get Rich Day, more

February 8th, 2012, is Extraterrestrial Culture Day, Laugh and Get Rich Day, Empire State Building Run-Up, Kite Flying Day, Waste-Not Wednesday, Tu B'Shevat, Preseren Day, and National Molasses Bar Day.

Aliens. Image: FreeDigitalPhotos, Simon Howden.
Roswell, New Mexico, the home of Area 51, celebrates Extraterrestrial Culture Day today. Gather your Reese's Pieces, your mashed potatoes, your foil helmet, whatever you think is necessary.

Laughter is essential to good health and a positive outlook, but apparently laughter is also a means of attaining wealth. Who knew? Celebrate Laugh and Get Rich Day, then feel free to send me a commission.

If you're in really great shape, maybe you received an invitation to participate in this year's Empire State Building Run-Up. Perhaps my invitation got lost in the mail! Incidentally, the Empire State Building in New York City has 1,860 steps from street level to the 102nd floor.

February is a funny time to celebrate Kite Flying Day, but I'm just a humble reporter of holidays. I don't set the schedule.

Wednesday of Go Green Week is Waste-Not Wednesday. Try your best to consume less, waste less, and recycle more.

Tu B'Shevat is a Jewish holiday, known as New Year for Trees. The holiday occurs on the fifteenth day of Shevat. Many Jews eat fruit to celebrate; some try to eat a new fruit.

Preseren Day, the Slovenian cultural holiday, celebrates the talents of Slovenians in general and poet France Preseren in particular.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a sweet and sticky treat on National Molasses Bar Day.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Safer Internet Day, Fettuccine Alfredo Day, more

February 7th, 2012, is Wave All Your Fingers at your Neighbors Day, Safer Internet Day, Send a Card to a Friend Day, Ballet Day, Travel Light Tuesday, African-American Coaches Day, Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Independence Day (Grenada), and National Fettuccine Alfredo Day.

Wave All Your Fingers at your Neighbors Day is a catchy way of promoting harmony among neighbors. Nice idea.

The theme of Safer Internet Day in 2012 is, "Connecting generations and educating each other." We work hard at this concept every day in our household. Open communication is key to helping younger, older, and/or gullible family members understand the potential pitfalls and dangers that exist online, in the midst of the fun and serious content.

On Send a Card to a Friend Day, send a traditional paper-and-envelope card or an e-greeting. The sentiment is what's important!

Ballet Day celebrates all things ballet, from dancing to watching a performance to collecting figurines. If you're really brave, wear a tutu too.

Travel Light Tuesday takes place on Tuesday of Go Green Week. Consider ways to reduce your fuel consumption - carpooling, combining errands, catching a bus, riding a bike, or walking.

African-American Coaches Day is observed on the first Tuesday in February. Coaches are valuable sources of inspiration in sports, business, and personal development.

Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is meant to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Black Community, via "education, testing, involvement, and treatment."

Grenada observes Independence Day on February 7th.

Celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day with a big bowl of ribbony pasta coated with creamy, cheesy goodness. Deliziosissima!

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