Contrary to popular belief, February isn't all chocolate, roses, and romance! Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate. If the dark, winter days are becoming a drag, try one of these 28 wacky and wonderful excuses to celebrate during February. And remember, every fourth year, there's another day to celebrate: Leap Day!
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February 3: National Carrot Day
Today's the day to celebrate those sweet orange (and purple and more) carrots. These versatile vegetables are delicious on a crudité platter, roasted in the oven, or shredded into a delectable carrot cake.
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February 4: National Homemade Soup Day
In the depths of winter, national homemade soup is the perfect holiday for a chilly February day. If you're going to take the time to make some homemade soup, double the recipe and freeze half. Freeze it in small containers for individual portions (great for lunch) or a big container for the whole family.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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February 5: World Nutella Day
Nutella, the world's most beloved, chocolatey spread, was invented during World War II when cocoa was hard to come by. 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, or incorporated into chocolatey desserts.
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February 6: Pay a Compliment Day
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.
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February 8: Opera Day
Enjoy a bit of culture today and celebrate opera day by listening to some opera. If classic opera isn't your thing, try a modern rock opera instead.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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February 9: National Bagel Day
Great bagels are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and totally stuffed to the brim with your favorite fixings. If you're lucky enough to live near a New York-style deli, get there immediately and order your favorite bagel or bagel sandwich. Or try making your own bagels at home.
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February 11: Get out Your Guitar Day
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! Just be careful not to overdo it with the headbanging! Alternately, if you can actually play guitar, spend a few minutes strumming your favorite tunes.
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February 12: Clean out Your Computer DayContinue to 13 of 28 below.
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February 14: Valentine's Day
If you're in a relationship, today's the day to indulge in delicious pasta, drink lots of red wine, and watch a romantic movie. If you're single, today's the day to indulge in pasta (or homemade pizza), drink a bottle of red wine by yourself, and watch a horror movie. You can even invite your gals over if you're in need of company.
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February 15: Susan B. Anthony Day
Take some time today to talk to your children, both boys and girls, about Susan B. Anthony, a social reformer and women's rights activist. Not only was she a key player in the suffrage movement of the mid- to late-1800s, but she was 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
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. Especially since they're good for your heart and packed with vitamins and minerals.Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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February 17: National Cabbage Day
Today, skip the recipe from your old Cabbage Soup Diet guidebook and enjoy some international fare instead. From German sauerkraut to Korean kimchi and Irish corn beef and cabbage, cabbage is everywhere. You may want to watch just how much cabbage you eat; it can cause digestive distress (in the form of gas) for some people.
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If you have a pet, you know every day is Love Your Pet Day. But today, why not really shower your pet with the affection it deserves? Here are some pet-friendly desserts you can whip up to show your devotion:
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- Dogs can safely enjoy vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, frozen bananas, or peanut butter. You can also try blending plain yogurt with bananas and peanut butter, then freezing to make doggie ice cream!
- Cats can safely enjoy homemade or store-bought kitty treats. You can find lots of recipes online, even ones with catnip as a main ingredient!
- 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 23: National Banana Bread Day
When life hands you browned bananas, make banana bread. The browner your bananas, the better your bread will be. If you want to pack some more nutrients into your banana bread, try blending ingredients like chopped walnuts, blueberries, or even shredded zucchini into your batter.
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February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day
There's no wrong way to eat a tortilla chip. Enjoy them straight out of the bag, dipped into guacamole, or covered in cheese and toppings on tasty nachos.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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February 25: Let's All Eat Right Day
After a month of overindulging, why not try to eat clean for an entire day? 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. Be sure to avoid added sugars and trans or saturated fats; they can be diet busters if eaten in excess.
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February 26: National Pistachio Day
Pistachios, those little clamshells of goodness, are packed with nutrients and easier to use in recipes than you might think. Get your daily dose of heart-healthy fats, copper, and vitamin B-6 by:
- Swapping pistachios for pine nuts in pesto
- Chopping and tossing them on your daily salad
- Put them on top of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
- Baking them into bread, muffins, or cakes.
- Blending them into homemade hummus or guacamole
- Pistachio fudge
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February 27: World Spay Day
Spaying (female) and neutering (male) pets can be a controversial topic. But most vets agree it's the best way to prevent pet overpopulation and protect your pet from certain kinds of cancer that affect the reproductive organs. Use today to get all the facts before making a decision.
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February 28: National Science Day
We have a lot to thank science for, from penicillin to the steam engine, pasteurization of foods to the discovery (and understanding) of gravity, and the chemical reactions in your favorite cocktails. Take a few moments today to reflect on how far society has come, thanks to scientific discovery. You can instill a love for science in your kids by trying a fun, easy science experiment at home, too!