Valentine’s Day is a central holiday to the month of February, and often, it is the one that gets focused on the most by society. This can be especially irritating for those without a significant other or for those who are newly single.
There is no need to get down about not partaking in Valentine’s Day this year. There are plenty of other holidays to celebrate in the month of February. Some of these holidays focus on treating yourself, while others involve helping other people.
Holidays that Involve Your Friends
The month of February isn’t just for the love birds and significant others out there. There’s plenty of reasons to celebrate the love between you and your closest friends this February.
Galentine’s Day is all about ladies celebrating ladies! It’s exactly what it sounds like. Forget traditional romance and embrace the love you share with your girlfriends.
There’s no wrong way to celebrate Galentine’s Day. From spa days to mimosas at brunch, there are endless ways to celebrate the day with your best friends. Whatever you decide to do, the point is to celebrate the beautiful friendships in your life and the ladies that lift you up.
If Galentine’s Day isn’t an option for you, there are other holidays you can celebrate to embrace the platonic love you have for those around you. If you are looking to celebrate your long-distance friend or your friend with the crazy schedule, Send a Friend a Card Day is a viable option.
Holidays That Are Surrounded by Food
February’s national holidays may not all focus on romantic love, but one thing that most holidays in February do focus on celebrating the things we love.
The first Saturday in February involves indulging a little from the comfort of your home, also known as Have Ice-cream for Breakfast Day. What better way to start off your weekend?
February is truly a month for those of you who have a sweet tooth. If you are a fan of chocolate, National Chocolate Mint Day allows you to consume it any way that you like. If you want something that’s a bit more international, Plum Pudding Day may just be the holiday for you.
If sweets aren’t your thing, there are other holidays that involve binging your favorite foods. February 9th is National Pizza Day, and who doesn’t like a good slice of cheese pizza? Live a little extra on February 4th and celebrate Stuffed Mushroom Day.
February holidays don’t stop at celebrating food either. There are holidays that allow you to partake in your favorite adult beverages. February 18th is National Drink Wine Day.
If you have been waiting for an excuse to open a bottle of something special, Open That Bottle Night is celebrated the last Saturday of February every year. This gives you a chance to enjoy your favorite drink, no guilt necessary.
Holidays That Involve Your Furry Friend
Although it is impossible to forget our pets, our lives do get busy, and schedules get crazy. February sets the time aside for us. Love Your Pet Day falls on February 20th. It gives you a chance to appreciate your pet and acknowledge all the unconditional love they have for you.
Buy your dog that giant bone he has been eyeing, or maybe, you have a lovely feline that would lose their mind over some catnip. Think about your pet and treat them to a day that is all about them. They celebrate us every day, after all.
If you don’t have a pet of your own, there is no need to worry about it. February 3rd is Feed the Birds Day. Do something good out in nature by feeding the local birds. Be sure to double-check with your local laws and restrictions to make sure you’re spreading the love and not causing unknown harm to our bird friends.
Holidays That Make You A Better Person
February doesn’t have to be just about the love you have for the people you know. Although that is important, it’s also important to express your love to the world and put that positive energy out into it.
From small acts of kindness to bigger gestures of charity, there’s a day in February for you. For those looking to show some appreciation to someone who doesn’t get a lot of praise for their work, you can celebrate your mailman on February 4th. Give him or her a special present this year to let them know you’re thinking of them.
Shake up someone’s day on February 17th, also known as Random Acts of Kindness Day. Put a smile on a stranger's face, however you feel led. Pay for someone’s coffee in line behind you, donate some items to someone who could get better use out of it or leave somebody a positive message of encouragement at work.
Being a better person doesn’t always have to involve donations and acts of charity. Being a better person can also involve doing acts in your life that better yourself. Further your education in a field that you are already familiar with or learn something new. Get completely out of your comfort zone.
February 28th, or Floral Design Day, maybe an opportunity for you. Talk with your local florists about their jobs and the paths they took to get where they are. Better yet, combine the beauty of floral design with a random act of kindness by sending something beautiful to share the love.
Our florists at A and Z Flowers Boutique in Astoria, NY, create beautiful flower arrangements for any and every occasion. This February, share the love in whatever way you can. Whether that’s celebrating your girlfriends or treating yourself because you can, February is a month for caring about others and loving yourself too.