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. 

Image: morgueFile, Patricia Fortes.
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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