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Presidents Day / Washington's Birthday
Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled as Presidents' Day or President's Day). As Washington's Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.

Family Day: (Public Holiday in Canada) Third Monday in February - in some provinces. Called "Louis Riel Day" in Manitoba. In several provinces of Canada, Family Day is a statutory holiday occurring on the third Monday in February. This corresponds with Presidents Day in the United States. In the provinces of Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, the statutory holiday on this date is instead termed Louis Riel Day and Islander Day, respectively.

The third Monday in February is a regular working day in British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the territories. As Family Day is not currently recognized in the federal sphere, federal employees in all provinces (such as public servants and postal workers) still work on this day. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the third Monday of February is a school board holiday, but not an official provincial holiday.

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion Festival begins in Tampa, Florida (Monday after the 1st Thursday)
The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in the city of Tampa, Florida. Held each year in late January and hosted by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, it celebrates the apocryphal legend of José Gaspar (Gasparilla), supposedly a Spanish pirate captain who operated in Southwest Florida. The theme is an "invasion" by Gasparilla and his men, which begins when the "Krewe" (made up of residents of the city) arrives on a 165' long pirate ship, the Jose Gaspar, in Tampa Bay and land near downtown Tampa. The mayor of Tampa then lends the key of the city to the pirate captain and a parade ensues down Bayshore Boulevard, one of Tampa's major streets. The krewes throw beads, coins and other items while shooting blank pistols from floats during the parade. The average attendance for the event is over 400,000 people. According to the event's official website, 2003's Gasparilla parade affected an economic impact of nearly 23 million dollars to Tampa.

Homstrom - features the burning of straw men on poles, symbolizing Old Man Winter departing. (1st Sunday)

While the starting day of Carnival varies, the festival usually builds up to a crescendo in the week before lent, ending on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. In the Ambrosian rite of Milan (Italy), the carnival ends on the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. In areas in which people practice Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Carnival ends on the Sunday seven weeks before Easter, since in Eastern tradition lent begins on Clean Monday.

Most common the season begins on Septuagesima, the first
Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In some places it starts as
early as Twelfth Night (January 6) or even in November.
The most important celebrations are generally concentrat-
ed during the last days of the season before Ash Wednesday.

Shrove Monday
"Shrove Monday, sometimes known as Collop Monday, Rose
Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, is the Monday be-
fore Ash Wednesday; February 15 in 2010. Part of the Eng-
lish traditional Shrovetide celebrations of the week before
Lent, the Monday precedes Shrove Tuesday. As the Monday
before Ash Wednesday, it is part of diverse Carnival celebra-
tions which take place in many parts of the Christian world,
from Greece, to Germany, to the Mardi Gras and Carnival of
the Americas."

Ash Wednesday - (The date varies each year according to the date of Easter.)
For the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. It is a moveable feast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as 4 February or as late as 10 March.

Anti-Bullying Day - Canada
The last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. It's also known as "Pink Shirt Day". Originally started as a protest against a bullying incident at a Nova Scotia high school (Central Kings Rural High). On this day participants are asked to wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying."

The original event was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price. They bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.

In 2008, Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell proclaimed February 27 to be the provincial anti-bullying day. It was then celebrated on February 25 in 2009. In 2009, the boys and girls club work on pink T-shirts that saids "Bullying Stops Here." and "Pink Shirt Day" for Anti Bullying Day.

Note: International STAND UP to Bullying Day is a special bi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink “pledge shirt” to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The event takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe on the third Friday of November to coincide with Anti-bullying week, and then again on the last Friday of February.

See Also:
Movable Holiday  Directory  / February Holidays / February Food Holidays / Weird Holidays

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Significant February:
Birthstone: Amethyst - meaning Sincerity.
Zodiac Signs: Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18;
Pisces Feb. 19 - Mar. 20
The name for the Moon this month is called Hunger Moon, Snow Moon, Chaste Moon, Wolf Moon.
"February starts on the same day of the week as both March and November in common years, and August in leap years.
Having only 28 days in common years, it is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon. It is also the only month of the calendar that once every six years and twice every 11 years, will have only four full 7-day weeks. "
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