By Margaret Mitschke*
While February is famously known for Valentine’s Day and National African American History Month, there are many other official holidays and reasons to celebrate the second month of the year. This first blog of the “National Days in February” Blog Series lists a few of the other little known holidays in February.
February 2nd – National Groundhog Day
- This is the day that Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, emerges to let us know if the United States will have six more weeks of winter weather.
February 5th – National Wear Red Day
- Celebrated on the first Friday of February, people are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women.
February 15th – Singles Awareness Day
- Often considered the alternative to Valentine’s Day, this day is often celebrated with singles events.
February 17th – Random Act of Kindness Day
- A holiday that encourages participating and encouraging random acts of kindness. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation also celebrates Random Act of Kindness Week from February 14th-20th.
February 28th – National Tooth Fairy Day
- Also celebrated by some on August 22nd, this holiday is often used as a day to raise dental health awareness, as well as to spread the lore of the tooth fairy.