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Spring

Mardis Gras/Fat Tuesday

Date: February 12

Mardi Gras, also known as Carnival, is celebrated around the world, mostly in countries with a large Roman Catholic population. With a basis in pagan spring and fertility rites, Mardis Gras has become a popular cultural phenomenon, and is celebrated as a huge party on the day before the religious season of Lent begins. Traditionally, merrymakers would spend the day before Ash Wednesday binging on foods not allowed on that day – thus the name “Fat Tuesday.”

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National Call in Single Day

Date: February 14

Yes, Feb. 14 is commonly known as Valentine’s Day, but what if you don’t have a valentine? Do you really want to sit in your office and watch the constant flow of delivered flowers, candy and teddy bears? Probably not, which is why today is a great day to “call in single” and enjoy a day to yourself.

Party Suggestions:
  • Anti-Valentine Party

St. Patrick

Date: March 17

Saint Patrick, who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, is the patron saint and national apostle of that country. Since his death in the fifth century, the Irish have observed this day as a religious feast day, traditionally feasting on Irish bacon and cabbage.

Party Suggestions:
  • St. Patrick’s Party

First Day of Spring

Date: March 20

On the first day of spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long. The sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. It is often said that one can balance an egg on its end on the date of the equinox. Try it!

First Day of Spring

Date: March 20

On the first day of spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long. The sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. It is often said that one can balance an egg on its end on the date of the equinox. Try it!

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First Day of Spring

Date: March 20

On the first day of spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long. The sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. It is often said that one can balance an egg on its end on the date of the equinox. Try it!

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Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Date: March 26

Reportedly created by a mysterious entity called the “Wellness Permission League,” Make Up Your Own Holiday Day is just what it sounds like. Create your own celebration based on things you and those close to you enjoy, or combine several elements to come up with a truly unique holiday.

Easter

Date: March 31

Easter Sunday can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but attending sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting (“Christ is risen!” and the response, “Truly, He is risen!”), and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb, are common motifs. Additional customs include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades, which are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians.

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Tweed Day

Date: April 03

While many references proclaim Tweed Day as a day to honor woolen clothing, the true nature of the holiday appears to be based on the birth date of William M. Tweed, aka “Boss Tweed,” who was convicted of stealing $25 million to $45 million from New York taxpayers. The best way to recognize this date is to become a more informed and responsible voter, in order to help prevent political corruption … or simply dress like a college professor.

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Zoo Lovers Day

Date: April 08

Springtime is a great time to visit your local zoo, or even take a weekend trip to one of the larger city zoos to learn about all the unique animals that call the zoo home. Zoos also help protect endangered species through research and reproduction in captivity. If you can’t travel, you can help a zoo and its inhabitants through a donation.

Party Suggestions:
  • Jungle Safari party

Look Alike Day

Date: April 20

On Look Alike Day, change your hair, makeup, clothing and mannerisms to pretend to be someone else – a friend, co-worker, celebrity or a family member. Or if you already resemble someone else, play it up!

World Penguin Day

Date: April 25

The Antarctic Adelie penguins “migrate” starting every year on April 25 – but they don’t go far, and they don’t go to land. Instead, they chill on the ice in the ocean until time to go home to Antarctica. World Penguin Day is a day to honor your favorite species of penguin – whether it’s an Adelie, Galapagos or the ever-popular Emperor Penguin.

Red Hat Society Day

Date: April 25

The groups of mostly “over 50” women you see gathering here and there wearing red hats and purple accessories are actually members of an official organization, the Red Hat Society. The group describes itself as a “vivacious society of women who celebrate life.” Its chapters throughout the world celebrate Red Hat Society Day on April 25 every year, and often hold large, annual conventions around the same time.

Party Suggestions:
  • Red Hat Party

No Pants Day

Date: May 03

No Pants Day is a loosely organized holiday celebrating the feeling of freedom one has when not wearing pants. Promoters say it’s really about not taking oneself too seriously. Either way, underwear is strongly encouraged.

Party Suggestions:
  • No Pants Party

International Star Wars Day

Date: May 04

The date for today’s celebration was chosen based upon a play on words. The popular line “May the force be with you” from the original “Star Wars” movie has been transformed to “May the fourth be with you.” Fans use this date to honor all things “Star Wars.”

Party Suggestions:
  • Star Wars Party, Heroes & Villains

Cinco de Mayo

Date: May 05

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held, appropriately, on May 5th. It is celebrated in the U.S. and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the date commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Commercial interests in the U.S. have capitalized on the celebration, advertising Mexican products and services, with an emphasis on beverages, foods and music. Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, celebrated on Sept. 16.

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Mothers Day

Date: May 12

Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card or remembrance to his or her mother, grandmother and/or maternal figure.

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Memorial Day

Date: May 27

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday that occurs every year on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Today, Memorial Day is also a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach and national media events.