The new year ball has dropped, the tinsel and ornaments have been packed up and jack-o-lanterns and turkeys are a distant memory. It may seem like all the holiday parties are over, but they’ve only just begun.
If you’re looking for reasons to celebrate this winter, lists of holidays can be found at nationaldaycalendar.com and holidayinsights.com. Here’s a list of a few holidays you can add to your calendar and celebrate.
Jan. 20 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also known as Civil Rights Day. This is more than just a day off of school; it is a celebration of the accomplishments of civil rights advocates, like King, and the progression of the civil rights movement.
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Start the month off by satisfying that sweet tooth. Feb. 1 is the day to eat ice cream for breakfast, and nobody can stop you.
According to history.com, Groundhog day has been celebrated on Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, since the late 1800s. Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog himself, will predict when winter will end. Until then, zip up your coats and be prepared for snow in Rexburg.
Feb. 14 is the day for romance and chocolate. According to holidayinsights.com, 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women, but during the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, 75% of chocolate purchases are made by men.
Don’t have a Valentine? There’s a holiday for that, too. Celebrate your independence during Singles Awareness Day on Feb. 15. Take a solo trip to the store and stock up on all that discounted Valentine’s Day chocolate.
According to Season 2, Episode 16 of the TV show “Parks and Recreation”, Galentines day is for the gals. Celebrate however you and your lady friends deem fit on the 16th of February.
Celebrate the birthdays and accomplishments of U.S. presidents on Feb. 17. While this holiday is generally recognized as a celebration of the February birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, it has become a day to honor the office of the U.S. presidency.
Dust off your pans and griddles because Pancake Day is on Feb. 25. Whether you call them pancakes, flapjacks, hotcakes or any other name, this is the day to celebrate them.
Leap Day is next on Feb. 29. It only comes every four years, so enjoy it while it lasts.
March 1 is World Compliment Day. Say something nice to a friend, family member, or even a stranger. Spread the kindness!
Pi Day is on March 14 — or 3.14. Celebrate this mathematical marvel by memorizing a few hundred digits of pi, or just eat some pie. Whether it’s made up of digits or flour and butter, this is the day to enjoy it.
On March 17, wear green and try some corned beef and cabbage in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. This is a day to celebrate Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs, and according to holidayinsights.com, “everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day.”
Puppy Day is on March 23. Go volunteer at an animal shelter and meet some new furry friends. There are two animal shelters here in Rexburg and many more all over southern Idaho.
Didn’t get enough breakfast on Pancake Day? Don’t worry, Waffle Day is March 25. Make sure to stock up on syrup for this breakfast-centered holiday.
Feeling the need to celebrate? March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Have a holiday for anything you want.
April Fool’s Day is April 1, so start planning now. It’s a prank-or-be-pranked world out there. Gift wrap your whole apartment, eat vanilla pudding out of a mayonnaise container or put a goldfish in the toilet. But remember, nobody likes a mean prank. Keep it fun.
The semester ends on April 9, so make sure to end it with a bang. Break out the streamers and throw one last party for World Party Day on April 3 to celebrate the end of the semester.
This winter season, don’t let the cold bring you down. Keep your spirits up and celebrate every day like it’s a holiday.