Annual Holidays and Special Days in February
Not all holidays in February fall on the same date each year. For example, Chinese New Year, which sometimes
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss special days and annual holidays in February. Holidays are special because they only come once a year, and February is plenty full of those special days.Think about Valentine's Day, February 14th every year. It's time to show that special someone that you care. Perhaps cut out a nice big heart and share it with someone you love. Or perhaps you homeschool your kids -- you can do this cutout project with your family.It's also time for Groundhog Day every February 2nd. According to United States and Canadian folklore, if the groundhog emerges from its burrow and it's cloudy, he will continue to emerge and winter will be soon over. But if it's sunny and he sees his shadow, he goes back inside for six more weeks of winter.Not all holidays in February fall on the same date each year. For example, Chinese New Year, which sometimes falls in January and sometimes in February.There's also President's Day, which was originally celebrated on February 22nd -- that's Washington's Birthday. But Lincoln also has a birthday in February, and all Presidents are now observed on President's Day. It falls on a different date each year because it's often celebrated as a legal holiday on a Monday.Discussing these yearly observances in February that happen once a year can lead to a discussion of national monthly observances, such as American History Month and Black History Month. So while you're talking about Presidents, you can segue right into a discussion of American History. And you can also make time to talk about some impressive black leaders in the country, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.And don't forget that every fourth year, February has 29 days because it's Leap Year, that year that an extra day is added to the calendar in order to keep the consecutive days of the year in order with the astronomical year. If you're homeschooling your children, perhaps it's time for a Leap Year quiz. Print up a list of ten questions about leap year and its significance.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.