Library Lover’s Month. (Feb 1-28)
A monthlong celebration of school, public and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to ensure that the nation’s libraries will continue to serve. For info: www.librarysupport.net/librarylovers.
National Black History Month. (Feb 1-28)
Observance of a special period to recognize the achievements and contributions by African Americans dates from February 1926, when it was launched by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The 2013 theme: 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March of Washington. Variously designated Negro History, Black History, Afro-American History, African American History, the observance period was initially one week, but since 1976 the entire month of February. For info: Assn for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. www.asalh.org.
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. (Feb 1-28)
An alarming number of young people experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse as part of a controlling or violent dating relationship. This poses a threat to the health and well-being of teens across our nation, and it is essential we come together to break the cycle of violence to many of our sons and daughters. Annually during February the U.S. recommits to providing critical support and services for victims of dating violence and empowering teens with the tools to cultivate healthy, respectable relationships.
Saint Valentine’s Day. (Feb 14)
St. Valentine’s Day celebrates the feasts of two Christian martyrs of this name. One, a priest and physician, was beaten and beheaded on the Flaminian Way at Rome, Italy, Feb 14 AD 269, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Another Valentine, the bishop of Terni, is said to have been beheaded, also on the Flaminian Way at Rome, Italy, Feb 14 (possibly in a later year). Both history and legend are vague and contradictory about details of the Valentines, and some say that Feb 14 was selected for celebration of the Christian martyrs as a diversion from the ancient pagan observance of Lupercalia. An old legend has it that birds choose their mates in Valentine’s Day. Now it is one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays. It is an occasion for the exchange of gifts (usually books, flowers or sweets) and greeting cards with affectionate or humorous messages.
Source: All information provided above was taken from the 2013 Chase’s Calendar of Events: The Ultimate Go-to guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months.