IMBOLC Day, a respect for old tradition and culture
01 February, Imbolc or Saint Brigid’s day is traditionally a day for celebration by the modern pagan people of Ireland to mark the beginning of spring. In pre-Christian times, it was widely celebrated throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. Many prior Irish pieces of literature show the evidence that Imbolc day has been celebrated from ancient times. According to Irish Mythology, Brigid was a goddess of poetry, fertility, healing, and smithcraft.
Female Genital Mutilation, No tolerance for such activities
6 February, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) observes to aware that there is no tolerance of altering the female genitalia. This act is recognized as a violation of the human rights. This practice is harmful to girls and violets their rights to their health and physical integrity. (source)
Pohela Falgun, spring is everywhere both in mind and nature
13 February, Pohela Falgun is the first day of spring, according to Bengali calendar. Spring is the sign of ending the cold winter. Spring brings new inspiration in the life. The day observes with music, dance, and the color of spring as yellow. Bengali people celebrate the day with full of joy. Both girls and boys wore traditional dresses. Girls wore yellow colors dresses, mostly Sarees and flower crowns on their head and boys wore Punjabis.
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Valentine’s Day, a day that you can celebrate several times a year
14 February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day as romance day or couple day each year. We exchange gifts, cards, chocolates, flowers with our special someone. But the original theme of the day is different from the contemporary way of celebration. The emperor Claudius II beheaded a saint, St. Valentine for helping a couple. But the problem is there were a dozen saints with the same name and beheaded as well. Another interesting thing is Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English Literature, mentioned about the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day in his poem “Parliament of Foules,” which has no historical value. The fact is, Chaucer had a trend to describe imaginary things with realistic elements, like date, occurrences, etc. (source)
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Mother Language Day, a memoir of sacrificing life for language
21 February, the day is also known as National Language Martyrs Day in Bangladesh. This day promotes the protection of all mother languages. On 21 Feb 1952, there was a social movement in the capital city of present-day Bangladesh to preserve the rights of using Bengali in every type of communication. The brave language heroes of Bangladesh sacrificed their valuable lives to protect the rights of using mother language.
World Thinking Day, an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures
22 February, the world’s Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and others Scout or Guide organizations celebrate the World Thinking Day every year. Thinking day inspires to think about neighbor sisters in different countries for a positive global impact. It also reminds to increase awareness and sensitivity to global concerns.
There are even more International and national days of celebration this February. This article has highlighted only some significant days.
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