We welcome the second month on our calendars for so many familiar reasons. February is all about tributes to sweethearts and years that leap. We are finally saying goodbye to cold weather and hello to the promise of spring just around the corner. Sports fans get the Super Bowl, and street revelers get Mardi Gras.
As much as we enjoy our favorite February traditions, can we show this month even more love? Spelling and pronouncing it correctly might be a good start. That “r” seems to disappear when most of us write or speak its name.
Let us shine a light on its deserving holidays, especially the ones that tend to get overlooked. Sure, everybody tunes in for Groundhog Day. It’s hard to resist Punxsutawney Phil’s propensity for forecasting.
It’s also hard to understand how he can overshadow majestic members of the Ursine family. By celebrating International Polar Bear Day, we can fix that injustice.
If your mouth waters just thinking about Mardi Gras king cake, treat yourself to a generous slice of the legendary confection. We’ve been filling up on the rainbow-hued delight since 1870 when French settlers in Louisiana introduced it to New Orleans cuisine.
We’ve also been downing tequila and lime cocktails since their debut in 1930s Mexico. Elevate Margarita Day by raising our salt-rimmed glasses in a toast to this lesser-known celebration of a classic libation.
Show the month our respect by observing the importance of its very first day. National Freedom Day commemorates President Lincoln’s 1865 resolution that abolished slavery. The resolution became our 13th Constitutional amendment that same year.
We can make a real difference this time of year. We can go beyond heart-shaped candy, football games and bead tosses. This month deserves to be recognized for every single, wonderful, important and silly date on its page.
With your help and HolidayDispatch’s dedication to celebration, we can make it happen. The month of February deserves nothing less than our commitment to showing it even more love. Now, who’s ready for polar bears and margaritas?