Reported by Alyssa Burbank
Everyone has long awaited the arrival of the month that ends January; February. February is a special month for various reasons. This month is one filled with a multitude of holidays as well as special events.
Throughout all of February Black History Month will be celebrated. Black History Month is in place to celebrate the advancements and achievements that the black community has accomplished. At first the black achievements were only being celebrated for a week. In 1976 the week turned into a month of observance turned into a month.
The earliest of the holidays is Groundhog Day, which takes place on February 2. On this special day groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will decide whether or not we have six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow and stays calm winter is destined to end soon, however, the groundhog saw his shadow and according to legend there are meant to be six more weeks of winter.
One of the next events taking place during February is Mardi Gras, which takes place on Tuesday, February 13 this year. Mardi Gras is a celebration of anything and everything Carnival. Carnival refers to the revelry, a time of gaiety with many festivities and excessive drinking, preceding Lent. Many festivities begin to take place in January and start to increase in activity the few days before Mardi Gras.
Another famous event is the annual NFL Super Bowl. This year’s Super Bowl will take place on February 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN. The event will take place at 6:30 PM. Super Bowl LII will be the 52nd Super Bowl and the 48th modern-era National Football League championship game. The game will showcase the Philadelphia Eagles versus the New England Patriots.
A well-known holiday celebrated during this month is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, always on February 14. Many people share gifts, such as chocolates, stuffed animals, candies, and other sweet treats and presents, with people close to them that they deeply care about.
The last vastly celebrated holiday is President’s Day. President’s Day is celebrated the third Monday of every February. President’s Day originally celebrated Washington’s birthday, but the federal holiday is also used to celebrate the birthdates of all the Presidents.