MDBCs 02 Feb 2023
February 2nd 2023 - Holidays and Observances
(click on the day for details)
- Groundhog Day
- Anniversary of Treaty of Tartu (Estonia)
- Christian Feast Day:
- Constitution Day (Philippines)
- Day of Youth (Azerbaijan)
Earliest day on which Shrove Monday can fall, while March 8 is the latest; celebrated on Monday before Ash Wednesday (Christianity), and its related observances:
- Bun Day (Iceland)
- Fastelavn (Denmark/Norway)
- Nickanan Night (Cornwall)
- Rosenmontag (Germany)
Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple or Candlemas (Western Christianity), and its related observances:
- A quarter day in the Christian liturgical calendar (due to Candlemas). (Scotland)
- Celebration of Yemanja or Our Lady of Navigators (Candomblé)
- Our Lady of the Candles (Filipino Catholics)
- Virgin of Candelaria (Tenerife, Spain)
- Victory of the Battle of Stalingrad (Russia)
- World Wetlands Day
Observances (click on the day or week for details)
National Hedgehog Day
National Tater Tot Day
National Ukulele Day
Ayn Rand Day
California Kiwifruit Day
Feast of Candelaria
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
National Brendan Day
National Brown Dog Day
National Catchers Day
National Frank Day
National Heavenly Hash Day
National River Day
Rheumatoid Awareness Day
Self Renewal Day
Sled Dog Day
The Record of a Sneeze Day
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Lung Leavin’ Day
Fun Observances ( 2 )
Day of the Crepe
February 2 is celebrated as the Day of the Crêpe in France.
Called jour des crêpes, the holiday is associated with the Catholic feast of Candlemas. On this day households all over France make crêpes. This is because it is believed that crêpes symbolize prosperity.
Crêpes are thin pancakes made from a batter of flour, eggs, milk or water, and butter. Thought to have originated in Brittany, France, they were traditionally made with buckwheat flour, though these days they are made with a variety of different flours including white flour, chickpea flour, and almond flour.
Don't Drop the Coin
In many French households, it is customary to make crêpes while holding a coin in your hand. The belief is that if you flip the crêpe in the air and catch it in the pan without dropping the coin, the upcoming year will be a prosperous year for you.
How to Celebrate?
- Make crepes, of course!
- Not French or Catholic? That shouldn’t stop you from celebrating this delicious dish which is perfect for any meal of the day.
- Have crêpes for all your meals of the day – sweet crêpes for breakfast and dessert and savory crêpes with savory fillings for lunch and dinner.
Did You Know...
...that the word crêpe comes from the Latin word crispus, meaning wrinkled and curled?
Play Your Ukulele Day
On February 2 bring out your ukulele and strum it all day long because it is Play Your Ukulele Day.
The holiday was first celebrated in 2011. Since its inception, the holiday is celebrated all around the world under the slogan bring the world together, four strings at a time.
A ukulele, also sometimes called a uke, is a four-stringed instrument that was first popularized in Hawaii in the late 19th century. The instrument was a version of the machete, a four-stringed instrument native to the Madeira region of in the Portugal. It is thought that the ukulele was created by Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii.
Popular Again Today
The ukulele found its way to mainland United States in the early 20th century, where it became an important instrument in the jazz music and dance scene during the 1920s. It fell out of favor as the instrument of choice for musicians until the early 2000s, when the proliferation of online music and instructional videos made the ukulele a popular musical instrument again.
The holiday is also known by several other names including International Play Your Ukulele Day, World Play Your Ukulele Day and World Ukulele Day. It is sometimes also celebrated on May 2.
How to Celebrate?
- Know how to play the instrument? Take out your ukulele and entertain friends and family by playing it.
- If you have always wanted to learn how to play one, now is the time to make a trip to the music instrument store and get one and start learning how to play it.
- Start a band that showcases your ukulele playing skills.
Did You Know...
....that the word ukulele in Hawaiian means jumping flea? It is thought that the instrument was so named because of the way the players fingers jumped around the strings.
Louie and his wife are listening to the radio when they hear the weather report: "A snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the odd-numbered side of the street.” So Louie gets up and moves his car.
Two days later—same thing. "A snow emergency has been declared,” blares the radio. "Park your cars on the even-numbered side of the street.” Louie gets up and does what he’s told.
Three days later: "There will be a foot of snow today. Park your cars on the ...,” and then the power goes out.
"What should I do?” a confused Louie asks his wife.
"This time,” she says, "why don’t you just leave the car in the garage?”
A coworker stormed into my friend's office, yelling, "Did you tell Joan I was a witch?!"
Stunned, my friend sputtered, "No! I don't know how she found out."
One of our visiting Italian students at Sheppard Air Force Base said he wouldn't be able to fly that day.
"Why?" his teacher asked.
Marshaling all the English he knew, the student pointed to his ears and explained, "It's my fallopian tubes."
When a body was brought to her funeral home, my friend contacted the next of kin. Per previous instructions, the deceased would be cremated, she told him, so he needed to come in to identify the body.
Considering the task at hand, the relative asked, "Does this need to be done before or after the cremation?"
A friend was due to give birth around the same time that her oldest daughter was due to give birth to her first baby. On the morning my friend went into labor, I happened to drive by her house, wondering what she’d had.
A sign on the front porch gave me my answer: “It’s an Uncle!”
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