28 Reasons to Celebrate in February

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February is more than just chocolate, roses, and romance. Even though it's the shortest month of the year, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate. If the dark, winter days are starting to drag on, try one of these 28 fun excuses for festivities during February. Remember during every fourth year, add Leap Day onto the end of the month as one more reason to live it up.

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    February 1: National Baked Alaska Day

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    Baked Alaska was first prepared to commemorate the purchase of Alaska in 1867. This old-fashioned favorite combines ice cream, sponge cake, and browned meringue to make the ultimate and historical dessert. 

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    February 2: National Tater Tot Day

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    Sometimes they're paired with eggs, wrapped in crispy bacon, or smothered in melted nacho toppings. Whether they're homemade or store-bought, tater tots always make one hot and crispy bite. 

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    February 3: National Carrot Cake Day

    Today's the day to eat your cake and veggies together. Enjoy those sweet carrots in cake form in February. But get ready for International Carrot Day on April 4th. It's said that carrot cake originated centuries ago when the vegetable was used as a substitute for other types of costly sweeteners.

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    February 4: National Homemade Soup Day

    In the depths of winter, National Homemade Soup Day is the perfect holiday for a chilly day's lunch or dinner. If you're going to take the time to make some homemade soup, double the recipe and freeze half, or throw a soup party. Freeze your soup in small containers for individual portions ideal to grab for lunch or in a big container for the whole family.

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    February 5: World Nutella Day

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    Nutella, the world's most beloved chocolate spread, was invented during World War II when cocoa was hard to find. In a stroke of genius, Pietro Ferrero, the creator of Nutella, added sugar and hazelnut paste to what little cocoa he had to stretch out the supply. Although cocoa is easy to find today, Nutella remains one of the world's most popular spreads. Enjoy it smeared on toast, folded up in crepes, incorporated into chocolate desserts, and definitely with a cup of hot chocolate.

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    February 6: Pay a Compliment Day

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    We could all use a little extra love. Boost a friend or loved one's confidence, and get a warm, fuzzy feeling yourself by giving them a much-deserved compliment. If you're inspired, write a loved one a love letter by hand. It's a cherished gift packed with compliments.

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    February 7: Rose Day

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    Take time to stop and smell the roses, or at least kick off Valentine's Day week with Rose Day. Whether they're beautifully arranged on your tabletop, whipped into a meringue, or even blended into a cocktail, nothing says romance like a bunch of roses

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    February 8: Opera Day

    Enjoy a bit of culture today. Celebrate Opera Day by listening to opera in any form, from classic to modern rock. You might just develop a new passion for this highly revered art.

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    February 9: National Bagel Day

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    Great bagels are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and stuffed to the brim with your favorite fixings. Head to your deli or bakery for the freshest picks of the day. Be on the lookout for coupons and special purchases at your local bagel place. Or, try your hand at homemade bagels, dust off your toaster, and create a bagel bar for breakfast.

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    February 10: Teddy Day

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    As part of Valentine's Day week, celebrate Teddy Day, too. Grab your old teddy bear from the junk closet, or read up on former American President Theodore Roosevelt on Teddy Day. If you're feeling crafty, get your sewing machine and try creating your own cuddly teddy with a free teddy bear pattern. Or buy yourself or a loved one the best teddy bear around.

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    February 11: Get Out Your Guitar Day

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    There's another holiday in February for music lovers. Today's the day to make your rock and roll dreams come true. Put on your favorite rock album, grab your air guitar, and start wailing. Or at least take a guitar lesson to bring out your inner musician.

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    February 12: National Clean Out Your Computer Day

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    You clean out your refrigerator, closets, and your garage. But have you ever really cleaned out your computer? It's the day reserved for eliminating junk files, cached cookies, and old emails. In the process, you'll be better organized and your computer will thank you by running a little bit faster.

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    February 13: Galentine's Day

    Celebrate the special ladies in your life on Galentine's Day by gathering your girlfriends and hitting the town. Send your crew friendship cards, see a movie, enjoy dinner, or host a Galentine's Day party. The goal of this day, which was once a fictional holiday on a television show, is now a real chance to appreciate your female friends.

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    February 14: Valentine's Day

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    Today's the day that best celebrates romantic love. Though the holiday has an ancient and dark history of unusual matchmaking and fertility rituals, in modern times, the day has evolved and associated with anything that expresses love, including cards, red hearts, flowers, and chocolates.

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    February 15: Susan B. Anthony Day

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    Celebrate Susan B. Anthony's birthday by learning about this social reformer and women's rights activist. She was a key player in the suffrage movement of the 1800s, and also staunchly anti-slavery and anti-racism. Her contributions to social reform and women's rights helped build society as we know it today.  

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    February 16: National Almond Day

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    Whether you eat them by the handful, piled on top of pastries, mashed into delicious, homemade almond butter, or even distilled into a decadent liqueur, there's no wrong way to eat almonds. There's much to celebrate when it comes to almonds. They're good for your heart and packed with vitamins and minerals.

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    February 17: National Cabbage Day

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    Though St. Patrick's Day is a month away, use today to experiment with cabbage recipes. From German sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, Korean kimchi, and Irish corned beef and cabbage, you'll find this leafy vegetable is wallet-friendly, packed with nutrients, and healthy on the heart.

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    February 18: National Drink Wine Day

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    What better reason to kick back, relax, and enjoy a glass or two than on National Drink Wine Day? The day is meant to spread awareness of wine and its health benefits. Enjoy your wine with some freshly baked warm and crusty bread, and charcuterie board. Or, throw a wine and cheese party and learn how to be a sommelier for a day.

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    February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day

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    Perhaps chocolate mint is the most beloved flavor of Girl Scout cookies, ice cream, candy, and decadent cocktails. The U.S. National Confectioners Association founded National Chocolate Mint Day to honor all mint and chocolate lovers and the marriage of these two savory flavors. Or, try your hand at growing some mint to use for future dessert recipes.

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    February 20: National Love Your Pet Day

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    Every day is Love Your Pet Day. But today, shower your fur baby with the affection and treats it deserves. Here are some pet-friendly desserts you can whip up to show your devotion:

    • Dogs can safely enjoy vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, frozen bananas, or peanut butter. For a celebratory dessert, blend plain yogurt with bananas and peanut butter, then freeze it to make ice cream.
    • Cats can safely enjoy homemade or store-bought kitty treats. Add a little catnip for an extra gift.
    • Birds can safely enjoy fresh fruit like bananas and orange wedges. They also like peanut butter or toasted pumpkin seeds.
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    February 21: National Sticky Bun Day

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    This tasty treat combines cinnamon and sugar blended and baked into a hot, doughy breakfast roll. Top your sticky buns with simple, homemade frosting and chopped walnuts for a decadent breakfast snack.

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    February 22: National Margarita Day

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    If the cold, winter weather has you feeling down, grab your bar cart and whip up a margarita to remind yourself that summer is only a short time away. Honor the cocktail on National Margarita Day by hosting a party with a Mexican theme complete with cocktails or head to your favorite Mexican restaurant and indulge. Decide whether you want your margarita on the rocks or frozen and with or without salt, or try them all.

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    February 23: National Banana Bread Day

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    Keep your browned bananas to bake banana bread on this foodie holiday. The browner your bananas, the better your bread will be. If you want to pack some more nutrients into your banana bread, grab your baking tools and start by blending in ingredients like chopped walnuts, blueberries, or shredded zucchini into your batter.

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    February 23: World Spay Day

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    It's also World Spay Day, an important way of spreading awareness on how to prevent the overpopulation of unwanted animals in already crowded shelters. Spaying also protects your pet from certain kinds of cancers that affect the reproductive organs. It'll also cut down on feral cat colonies. Use today to gather all the facts about spaying your pet before making a decision.

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    February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day

    Tortilla chips became popular in the 1940s when a deli owner in Los Angeles decided to fry misshapen tortillas and sell them as snacks to cut down on the waste. The creation was an immediate hit. There's no wrong way to eat a tortilla chip so indulge all day long and host a taco party. Enjoy them straight out of the bag, dipped into guacamole, or covered in cheese and toppings for a dish of tasty nachos.

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    February 25: Let's All Eat Right Day

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    After a month of overindulging, why not try to eat clean for an entire day? Let's All Eat Right Day was launched to remember famed nutritionist Adelle Davis, who was born on February 25th and advocated the nutrition movement. In her honor, load up your plate with plenty of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and good sources of fat, like olive oil, avocado, or nuts, or a day of nutritious, balanced meals.

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    February 26: National Pistachio Day

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    Use National Pistachio Day to learn all about these little shells of goodness that are packed with nutrients. Get your daily dose of heart-healthy fats, copper, and vitamins in several ways.

    • Swap pistachios for pine nuts in pesto.
    • Chop and toss them into your salad.
    • Drizzle them on top of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
    • Bake them into bread, muffins, or cakes.
    • Blend them into homemade hummus or guacamole.
    • Bake a batch of pistachio fudge.
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    February 28: National Science Day

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    We have a lot to thank science for giving the world, including penicillin, the steam engine, the pasteurization of foods, and the discovery and understanding of gravity. Take a few moments today to reflect on how far society has come because of scientific discoveries. It's also the perfect day for a new science toy or that outdoor volcano chemistry experiment at home.

    • Grab a large, empty soda bottle.
    • Add four teaspoons of baking soda, two teaspoons of any dishwashing liquid, and a third of a cup of water in the bottle.
    • In a separate container, add five tablespoons of vinegar and three drops of red food coloring.
    • Pour the vinegar mixture into the soda bottle, stand back, and watch the instant lava erupt.