Leap Year Day

Between the kids, careers, never ending housework, pets and school, there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done. If you'd like a little more time in your busy schedules, you’re in luck! 2020 is Leap Year. Instead of 365 days, you get an extra day this year! Leap Day, that extra day also known as intercalary day, occurs almost every four years (certain years are not Leap Years). Because the Earth completes its orbit around the sun in about 365 ¼ days, Leap Day helps the calendar and the solar year keep in sync. Julius Caesar created the special day thousands of years ago, in 45 BC. Leap Day is observed on February 29th.

Leap Year Day FAQs: Fun & wacky facts about Leap Day, leapers & 29ers

If you need a little more time to manage those busy schedules, you’re in luck. Between the careers, kids, pets and never-ending housework, there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything accomplished. 2016 is Leap Year, which means we get 366 days in the year compared to 365. Leap Day or Leap Year Day, which is observed on Feb. 29, occurs almost every four years (certain years are not Leap Years). Because the Earth completes its orbit around the sun in about 365 ¼ days, Leap Day helps the calendar and the solar year stay in sync. Julius Caesar created the special day thousands of years ago. Leap Year Day FAQs Leapers - While remembering special occasions, birthdays and anniversary

National Public Sleeping Day: Let's all choose to snooze

If the winter blues have you down in the dumps these days, this may be your lucky day! And if a little nap sounds perfect right about now, go grab your blankie! February 28 is National Public Sleeping Day! Hooray! While the origins of this annual "holiday" are unknown, chances are pretty good the creator was probably just as tired as the rest of us. While sleeping on the job is not recommended, anyone can celebrate National Public Sleeping Day. Whether you choose to do it on the bus, on the train, in the cafeteria or in the confines of your own home, a little snooze may just be what the doctor ordered! So turn off all those handy-dandy electronic gadgets, put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the d

National Tooth Fairy Day

When it comes to holidays, today isn't your average, run-of-the-mill special day.Not only is it National Public Sleeping Day, Feb. 28 is also National Tooth Fairy Day. This annual event celebrates one of children's most beloved visitors, the Tooth Fairy. While Santa Claus brings gifts and the Easter Bunny brings eggs of all shapes and sizes, the Tooth Fairy has a pretty popular arrangement with children all over the world. When a baby tooth falls out, either on its own or with a little help, children simply place the tooth underneath their pillow. Once the child is fast asleep, the Tooth Fairy will make a special trip in the dark of night, pick up the tooth and leave a little gift in its pla

No Brainer Day

In case you haven’t heard, February 27 is No Brainer Day. Since some of our daily tasks require little thought and we go about our day set on auto-pilot, it’s no wonder we have a No Brainer Day. Since little is known about the origins of this particular just-for-fun “holiday”, how about we designate No Brainer Day as a worldwide working holiday, paid of course. It should be celebrated only during work hours, with plenty of free food, drink and entertainment on hand. Of course it goes without saying, no actual work is allowed. So go ahead - give your brain a rest and celebrate No Brainer Day today! Then tomorrow, it's back to work we go! Today is also National Strawberry Day, National Kahlua

National Strawberry Day

What’s red and juicy and sweet to eat? Strawberries! Today is National Strawberry Day! While the origins of this annual food holiday is unknown, National Strawberry Day is celebrated smack dab in the cold of winter – on February 27. Whether you prefer yours fresh, baked in pies or in milkshakes, ice cream or jams, folks have been gobbling up strawberries for centuries. Besides tasting good, these tasty treats, which are actually members of the rose family, are loaded with good stuff - potassium, fiber, folic acid and Vitamin C. They are low in calories and have no fat or cholesterol either. And some believe strawberries may reduce the risk of cancer. And did you know that strawberries are th

International Polar Bear Day: The plight of the Polar Bear

February 27 is an important day for one of the world’s largest non-aquatic predators– it’s International Polar Bear Day. This annual event raises awareness about the plight of these magnificent mammals. The Plight of the Polar Bear Like many other creatures, climate change is drastically impacting polar bears, Ursus maritimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the sea bears as Vulnerable and decreasing. Polar bears depend on cold weather to survive. Global warming has reduced their sea ice habitat – which they depend on to survive. Besides global warming, other threats to polar bears include hunting,pollution and poaching. It is estimated that only 20,000 to 25,000 polar bear

National Kahlua Day

If your taste buds are craving something rich, creamy and decadent, you’re in luck! Besides National Strawberry Day, International Polar Bear Day and No Brainer Day, it is also National Kahlua Day! This delicious holiday is celebrated every Feb. 27. Whether you prefer yours on the rocks, added to coffee or mixed drinks, this popular Mexican liqueur has been enjoyed for decades. This labor-intensive beverage, created back in 1936, includes 100 percent Arabica coffee beans grown in Mexico and sugarcane. After seven years, the mixture is combined with caramel and vanilla, allowed to rest for 8 weeks, and then bottled.

National Chili Day

Go grab your biggest bowl. It's time for soup, folks. Today is National Chili Day in the U.S.A! This annual celebration is observed on the fourth Thursday in February. And with the never-ending winter we've had, a great big bowl of chili sounds pretty good right about now, doesn't it? People have been enjoying this comfort food for centuries. United States President Lyndon B. Johnson was a great big chili lover. Whether you prefer yours hot and spicy, thick and chunky or vegetarian-style, today is the perfect day to enjoy a heapin' helpin' of chili! In honor of the occasion, why not whip up a batch of homemade chili? Soup's on!

Go nuts for National Pistachio Day

February 26th is a great day to go nuts! It’s National Pistachio Day. Did you know these delicious and nutritious nuts actually grow on trees? It can take up to 10 years for a pistachio tree to mature. And pistachios are not naturally red – red dye is added to them. Most of the pistachios grown in the United States are grown in California. According to the California Pistachio Commission, 400 million pounds of pistachios are harvested in California each year. Now that’s a lot of nuts! Today is also For Pete's Sake Day!

For Pete's Sake Day: Famous Phrases and idioms from days gone by

If you happen to be a certain age, chances are pretty good you have heard or even uttered the phrase, "for Pete's sake." One day a year is actually dedicated to that once-common phrase. Feb. 26 is For Pete's Sake Day! This annual "holiday" was created by the folks at Wellcat and is listed on Chase's Calendar of Events. The phrase was commonly used as a substitute for the more offensive phrase, "for God's sake" or "for Christ's sake" and was said when someone was surprised, annoyed, frustrated or irritated. And in case you are wondering who the heck Pete is, you aren't alone. While some believe Pete may refer to the Apostle Peter, others suggest the phrase evolved from older phrases, "for the

National Tortilla Chip Day: Dip it!

Are you in the mood for food? You’re in luck. February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day! The versatile chip can be eaten as a snack, with salsa and dips or as a topping on soups or casseroles; the crunchy chips are a favorite treat for many. Tortilla chips now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Whether you prefer the traditional yellow chip, or prefer the blue corn variety, one thing is for certain - they are tasty treats to eat!

National Dog Biscuit Day

Talk about "ruff!" Today is going to the dogs! Literally! Today is National Dog Biscuit Day also known as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. While the origins of this annual "howliday" are unknown, Feb. 23 pays homage to man’s best friend. Dogs really do get their day today! Canines have enjoyed treats for centuries, although earlier versions were quite a bit different than today’s variety. Dog treats used to include stale, moldy bread, rotting leftovers and rock-hard biscuits made out of grain. Pretty "ruff", right? But American James Spratt changed all that on a trip to England in the mid-1800s when he saw hungry, stray dogs scavenging for leftover food. It wasn’t long before

Happy Curling is Cool Day: Cool sport 'sweeps' America

When it comes to holidays, February 23 not only is National Dog Biscuit Day, it is also Curling is Cool Day, an annual holiday created by the folks at Wellcat.com Cool! Although some fashionistas may be disappointed to learn this particular holiday has nothing whatsoever to do with hair, today's holiday has everything to do with a team sport that, at first glance, some may consider a bit peculiar. Curling, a sport that began in Scotland centuries ago, is actually played during the Winter Olympic Games. In fact, curling is actually considered one of the fastest growing sports in America! In a nutshell, four players on two teams slide eight heavy polished stones across ice toward a target at t

Happy National Margarita Day: Cheers!

If an ice-cold cocktail sounds pretty good to you right about now, get ready to raise your glass. A very special day of the year is here and Americans are ready to celebrate! Bye bye, winter blues - Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day! This annual beverage holiday celebrates one of America's most popular drinks - the Margarita! Easy to make and delicious to drink, tequila is the star of this refreshing cocktail. Add a bit of Cointreau or Triple Sec, some fresh lime juice and a salt-rimmed glass, and you've got yourself the perfect Margarita! Whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen, today is the perfect day to kick back and relax with an ice-cold Margarita! Cheers!

Single Tasking Day: It's time to tackle one task at a time

Attention multi-taskers. If doing more than one thing at a time is part of your daily routine, hold on to your keyboard, telephone, handy-dandy gadget and/or mobile device. It's Single Tasking Day, an annual "holiday" that encourages folks to slow down and tackle one thing at a time. While some observe the event on February 21, the Chase Calendar celebrates Single Tasking Day on February 19th. But regardless which day you celebrate, can you imagine what life would be like if you could complete one task at a time? No more trying to finish 20 things at once. Let's be honest. Most of us are overworked, underpaid and over-stressed. There simply is not enough time in the day to get everything don

International Mother Language Day: Celebrating languages around the world

Parlez-vous Francais? A very special day is here and people all around the world are celebrating. Feb. 21 is International Mother Language Day, an annual holiday that promotes the preservation and protection of all languages around the globe. International Mother Language Day began as a tribute to four students who were shot and killed by Pakistani police for protesting the right to speak their own language. Each year, the General Conference of the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and its agencies not only promote cultural and linguistic diversity, but also encourages people around the world to celebrate their mother language. What’s in a word? Plenty!

It's National Sticky Bun Day: Sweet!

If you're in the mood for a little sweet treat to eat, you're in luck! February 21 is National Sticky Bun Day, an annual food holiday that celebrates the aromatic and delicious sticky bun. Sticky buns, also referred to as cinnamon rolls, are traditionally made from leavened dough and topped with a ooey-gooey layer of pecans or nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and maple syrup or honey. While these sticky pastry treats are typically eaten for breakfast, they also make a delicious dessert or snack. It's believed German settlers introduced the "Schnecken" to America back in the 1800s. Enjoy!

Love Your Pet Day

Feb. 20 is Love Your Pet Day, an annual "howliday" devoted to all our furry friends. For many of us, pets are valued members of the family. They give us unconditional love without asking too much from us in return. Whether you prefer dogs, cats, rats, horses, birds, ferrets or pot-bellied pigs, pets bring so much to our lives, don't they? Love Your Pet Day reminds us to do something special for our two or four-legged friends. Love Your Pet Day is the "purrfect" time to adopt an unloved, neglected and/or abused animal from the local shelter. Each year, millions of beautiful dogs and cats are euthanized waiting for special people to give them "furever" homes. Please consider opening your heart

National Cherry Pie Day

If your sweet tooth has been aching for a sweet treat to eat, go grab your fork! It's National Cherry Pie Day, an annual food holiday celebrated each year on February 20. Whether you prefer your slice cold or warm and/or topped with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, who can resist the sweet yet tart cherry filling surrounded by a delicious, flaky pie crust? And February is also National Cherry Month. Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth I actually “invented” the cherry pie, which happened to be her favorite pie and George Washington’s too. Come to think of it, isn’t there some reference to Washington and a cherry tree? And since Americans celebrate Washington’s birthday in February, perh

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