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Do you know what Day it is?

Posted: February 17th, 2024

A LITTLE whimsy, if you will, to brighten your Random Acts of Kindness Day…

Spring isn’t far away, but first we have to endure dark and grey February. What is it about February? Is it the bleakest month of all? After the hoohah of Christmas and New Year, frumpy February suffers a character bypass and stubbornly drags its feet while we anxiously wait for better weather and more daylight.

Valiant snowdrops and crocus are doing their best to liven up my garden, but it’s mostly looking rather soggy and wintry out there. I know it is winter and I shouldn’t wish my life away, but I really want my daffs to hurry up.

I cheered myself up on Shrove Tuesday with a banquet of pancakes and Cava, a minor oasis of indulgence during unloved February. My enjoyment lasted about as long as the bubbles.

But the date got me thinking about other memorable days in February (I know, I should get out more), and surfing the web, as you do, I found this marvellous website: https://www.thereisadayforthat.com

I shouldn’t be surprised to learn there’s a website for “awareness days”! Thereisadayforthat covers hundreds of special days which are celebrated in every corner of the world, but you can also check out the awareness calendar for a specific country.

I discovered that in the UK during February – apart from the obvious charity days and venerables such as the aforementioned Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s – we can also celebrate British Yorkshire Pudding Day (Feb 4th); National Sickie Day (5th); Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (6th); and Drink Wine Day (18th). And on Feb 27, why not enjoy the magnificently named World Spay Day?

All that made me smile, so I looked further ahead in the calendar. Now I have to decide whether to celebrate British Pie week, beginning on March 4; Dog Theft Awareness Day on March 14; National Black Pudding Day on March 18; or Wear A Hat Day (I kid you not) on March 28.

Then I checked out some birthdates. I know my birthday falls on St Matthew’s Day, but I’m delighted to learn it also coincides with Telegraph Pole Appreciation Day. How novel, I must remember to hug a Pole!

My friend Bill shares his birthday with St George and William Shakespeare – but I bet he doesn’t know it’s also National Macaron Day! (Not to be confused with macaroons, they don’t have a special day – yet.)

If it’s your birthday on Sept 4, you can celebrate Eat an Extra Dessert Day. April 4? It’s International Carrot Day! National Smile Month begins on May 16. You could have a ball in June with National Fish and Chip Day on the 7th, World Gin Day on the 8th, swiftly followed by National Beer Day on June 15th.

I could go on; there are awareness days for just about everything. I vote we should have a Hurry Up Springtime Day. Ed. (Image: Bich Tran, Pexels.com)

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