Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12 Holidays and Observances

  • Darwin Day (International) - Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on 12 February 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general. Darwin Day is celebrated around the world.

  • Georgia Day (Georgia (U.S. state)) - Georgia Day is the holiday which the U.S. state of Georgia recognizes in honor of its colonial founding as the Province of Georgia. On February 12, 1733, James Oglethorpe landed the first settlers in the Ann, at what was to become Georgia's first city (and later the first state capital), Savannah.

  • International Day of Women's Health

  • Lincoln's Birthday (United States) - Lincoln's Birthday is a legal, public holiday in some U.S. states, observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 1809 In Hodgensville, Kentucky. Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and New York observe the holiday.

  • National Freedom to Marry Day (United States) - National Freedom to Marry Day is a non-official United States holiday held annually on February 12 to promote same-sex marriage. The holiday was founded in 1999 by Lambda Legal, a gay rights advocacy law firm based out of Washington, DC.

  • Red Hand Day (United Nations) - Red Hand Day or International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, February 12 each year, is an annual commemoration day on which pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to the fates of child soldiers, children who are forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts.

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day (Canada)

  • Union Day (Myanmar)

  • Youth Day (Venezuela)

  • Clean Out Your Computer Day - February 12, 2018 (Second Monday in February)

  • Family Day (Canada) - In parts of Canada, Family Day is a statutory holiday occurring on a Monday in February. In the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Saskatchewan, it is observed on the third Monday of February; in the provinces of Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the holiday is instead termed Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day and Islander Day respectively.

  • Hug Day

  • NAACP Day 

  • National Lost Penny Day 

  • National Plum Pudding Day - This is a food holiday. On this day we are encouraged to make plum pudding and share it with friends and family.

  • Oatmeal Monday - February 12, 2018 (Second Monday in February) (Scotland) - Meal Monday (also known as Oatmeal Monday) was a traditional holiday observed by the ancient universities of Scotland on the second Monday of February. During the 17th century, Scottish university students lived in very basic accommodation and were required to bring their own fuel, firewood or peat, to maintain a fire. Their diet was meagre too, largely consisting of oatmeal, which they would make into porridge. 

  • Oglethorpe Day 

  • Safety Pup Day 

  • Christian feast day:
    • Martyrs of Abitinae
    • Benedict of Aniane
    • Damian of Alexandria
    • Julian the Hospitaller

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