Friday, February 1, 2013

Wear Red Day, Working Naked Day, Baked Alaska Day, more

February 1st, 2013, is National Wear Red Day, Working Naked Day, Hula in the Coola Day, Serpent Day, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Robinson Crusoe Day, Spunky Old Broads Day, National Freedom Day, Abolition of Slavery in Mauritius, Imbolc, St. Brigid's Day, and National Baked Alaska Day.

On National Wear Red Day, Americans are asked to wear red in a show of support for women's heart health.

People who work from home, setting their own rules (and dress code), celebrate the 4th annual Working Naked Day today. People who work outside the home should probably skip this holiday.

Hula in the Coola Day is a time to ignore winter and embrace summer, to shed the sweater and don a grass skirt, to replace winter comfort foods with a Hawaiian luau feast.

(Celebrate all three of the wearable holidays above - go topless while wearing a red lei and hula skirt! Do this at your own risk, of course.)

Are you afraid of snakes? If so, keep your guard up today, Serpent Day.

The theme for the 27th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day is "Girls in Sports, An Investment in the Future."

Robinson Crusoe Day is the anniversary of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor whose adventures inspired Daniel Defoe's book, Robinson Crusoe. Embark upon an adventure of your own!

Have a blast on Spunky Old Broads Day, if you happen to be a spunky old broad. In fact, go wild the whole month of February, because it's Spunky Old Broads Month!

National Freedom Day commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution on February 1st, 1865. With his signature, President Abraham Lincoln ended slavery in the United States. Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation one month prior.

The island of Mauritius celebrates Abolition of Slavery in Mauritius, the anniversary of the 1835 event.

Imbolc, also known as  St. Brigid's Day, is the Celtic celebration of the beginning of spring.

Have you ever baked ice cream in your oven? If that sounds just plain crazy to you, then you've never had the glorious dessert known as Baked Alaska. Top a cake with a mound of ice cream, then insulate the ice cream in a layer of meringue. Bake until the meringue is golden, then enjoy. The ice cream will still be cold, a small miracle for National Baked Alaska Day!

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