February is a month many of us will associate with pancakes, Cupid’s bow & arrow and the fact that it is only 28 days in length (this year at least!).
But whilst you are preparing your batter, buying your Jif lemons or thinking about buying chocolates for that special someone, you should also be aware of the wealth of other notable events/special dates that fill February’s calendar.
With that in mind, listed below are the many other things taking place this month.
2nd February: Candlemas (Christian), Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Anglican Christian) and Imbolc & Sughnassad (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres)
3rd February: Rissun (Shinto) and Four Chaplain’s Sunday (Interfaith)
8th February: Parinirvana – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
10th February: Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist and Buddhist)
11th February: Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic and Christian)
12th January: Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
13th February: Ash Wednesday – Lent begins (Christian)
14th February: Saint Valentine’s Day (Christian)
15th February: Nirvana Day (Buddhist) and Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
21st February: Fast of Esther (Judaism)
24th February: Purim (Judaism)
25th February: Shushan Purim (Judaism)
26th February: Intercalary Days (Baha’i)
February is also recognised around the globe as World Cancer Awareness Month, Youth Leadership Month and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month.