Monday, February 11, 2013

Shrove Monday, Tibetan Buddhist New Year, Bolludagur, more

February 11th, 2013, is Shrovetide, Shrove Monday, Collop Monday, Tibetan Buddhist New Year, Clean Out Your Computer Day, Be Electrific Day, Inventors' Day, Satisfied Staying Single Day, Don't Cry over Spilt Milk Day, Meat-Free Monday, Make a Friend Day, White T-Shirt Day, Pro Sports Wives Day, World Day of the Sick, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, National Shut-In Visitation Day, National Foundation Day (Japan), National Peppermint Patty Day, Bolludagur, and National Cream Puff Day.

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.

Today marks the beginning of the Tibetan Buddhist New Year, year 2140, the Year of the Water Snake.

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.

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.

Monday of Go Green Week is Meat-Free Monday.

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.

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. Sometimes they even land roles on reality shows, if they're so inclined. 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.

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.

Iceland celebrates Bolludagur, or National Cream Puff Day, on Shrove Monday, 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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