The meaning behind popular St. Patrick’s Day symbols. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is quite rich in traditional symbolism. Even though many of these symbols are familiar and even celebrated, people may not know the full meaning behind their usage. #StPatricksDay
Mardi Gras is best known as a raucous event that takes place in New Orleans, LA and other areas around the world in January and February. Fat Tuesday, the final day of Mardi Gras, can occur in March depending on the calendar year and how it corresponds to the Christian liturgical calendar. While Mardi Gras may be legendary for scantily clad costumes, delicious food, overflowing spirits, and many acts of debauchery. Many people — particularly non-Christians — may not know what the celebration is truly all about. #MardiGras #FatTuesday #ShroveTuesday
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Also known as Day of Ashes. This day is marked with services of penitence (fasting and repentance). Celebrated by many Christian faiths including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics. #AshWednesday #DayofAshes
National Wear Red Day. During American Heart Month in February, the American Heart Association will focus on women with “Go Red for Women,” a national movement about women and cardiovascular disease. Each year cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly 500,000 women. For all of the women who have been affected by cardiovascular disease, the public is urged to participate in Wear Red Day. #NationalWearRedDay #WearRedandGive
World Cancer Day – A global event to help raise awareness of cancer. The goal is to reach as much as the world as possible. The single initiative under which the world can unite to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day takes place for the last year under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, which explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. #WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan
The origins of Groundhog Day – Every year on February 2nd, people anxiously await the appearance of a medium-sized furry mammal who they believe can predict if winter weather will rage on or if spring will arrive sooner than later. #GroundhogDay #GroundHog
Who are are you going to rely on for the weather? An animal such as a groundhog? a horse? another type of animal? man? or God? I make a brief post here on weather and who to rely on. (Groundhog Day) #GroundhogDay #Groundhog
Why is Valentine’s Day celebrated on February 14th? According to the Library of Congress, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14, though the date might have ties to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia.