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February holidays and observances to add to your calendar

Valentine's Day isn't the only lovey-dovey day this month.

In the midst of hibernation season, it's reassuring to know that there's a holiday around the corner guaranteed to give you the warm fuzzies: Valentine's Day. The love-filled day is reminder to lean into your romantic side, and show others just how much they mean to you.

Bur the love extends well beyond Valentine's Day. February is jam-packed with different holidays, observances and awareness days, all of which are the perfect excuse to give and receive love. For example, send an overdue "thank you” on awareness days like National Women Physicians Day, National Thank a Mail Carrier Day and National Caregivers Day. Or celebrate the dear friendships in your life on National Send a Card to a Friend Day and Galentine’s Day.

It's also a time to bring joy — and of course, love — to strangers near and far. Random Acts of Kindness Week and Day land in February, so take a moment to offer your support — whether it's with your time or money — to those in your community.

Carve our some time for self-love, too. Whether you're coupled up or flying solo on Valentine's Day, spend the entire month doing things that make your heart skip a beat. Perhaps, that means celebrating Read in the Bathtub Day or World Nutella Day?

Ready to feel the love? Keep scrolling for an extensive list of February holidays, observances and awareness days.

Daily holidays and observances in February 2023

February 1

  • Decorating with Candy Day
  • National Baked Alaska Day
  • National Dark Chocolate Day
  • National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 2

  • Candlemas
  • Crepe Day
  • Groundhog Day
  • National Brown Dog Day
  • National Hedgehog Day
  • National River Day
  • National Tater Tot Day
  • National Ukulele Day
  • World Wetlands Day

February 3

  • American Painters Day
  • Bubblegum Day
  • Feed the Birds Day
  • National Carrot Cake Day
  • National Golden Retriever Day
  • National Wear Red Day
  • National Women Physicians Day

February 4

  • National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
  • National Homemade Soup Day
  • National Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • National Thank a Mail Carrier Day
  • Sweater Day

February 5

  • National Chocolate Fondue Day
  • National Weatherperson’s Day
  • World Nutella Day

February 6

  • National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Pay a Compliment Day

February 7

  • National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • National Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • Rose Day

February 8

  • National Kite-Flying Day

February 9

  • National Pizza Day
  • Read in the Bathtub Day

February 10

  • International Cribbage Day
  • International Winter Bike to Work Day
  • National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
  • National Flannel Day
  • National Umbrella Day

February 11

  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science
  • National Guitar Day
  • National Inventors’ Day
  • National Latte Day
  • National Make a Friend Day

February 12

  • National Plum Pudding Day
  • Super Bowl Sunday
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

February 13

  • Galentine’s Day
  • National Cheddar Day
  • National Tortellini Day

February 14

  • International Book Giving Day
  • National Cream-filled Chocolates Day
  • National Ferris Wheel Day
  • National Donor Day
  • Read to Your Child Day
  • Valentine’s Day

February 15

  • International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day
  • National Gumdrop Day
  • Susan B. Anthony Day
  • World Hippo Day

February 16

  • National Almond Day

February 17

  • National Cabbage Day
  • National Cafe au Lait Day
  • National Caregivers Day
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 18

  • National Drink Wine Day
  • Pluto Day
  • World Pangolin Day

February 19

  • Iwo Jima Day
  • National Chocolate Mint Day
  • World Whale Day

February 20

  • Clean Out Your Bookcase Day
  • National Cherry Pie Day
  • National Comfy Day
  • National Love Your Pet Day
  • National Muffin Day
  • National Student Volunteer Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Shrove Monday 
  • World Day for Social Justice

February 21

  • Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday
  • National Grain Free Day
  • National Pancake Day
  • National Sticky Bun Day

February 22

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • National Margarita Day
  • National Walking the Dog Day
  • Single Tasking Day
  • Supermarket Employee Day

February 23

  • National Banana Bread Day
  • National Chili Day
  • National Dog Biscuit Day
  • National Tile Day
  • National Toast Day
  • Play Tennis Day

February 24

  • Friday Fish Fry Day
  • National Skip the Straw Day
  • National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25

  • National Chocolate Covered Nut Day

February 26

  • Carpe Diem Day
  • National Pistachio Day
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 27

  • International Polar Bear Day
  • National Strawberry Day
  • Pokémon Day

February 28

  • Floral Design Day
  • National Chocolate Souffle Day
  • National Science Day
  • National Vegan Lipstick Day

Weekly observances in February 2023

  • February 1 to 7: African Heritage and Health Week, Women’s Heart Week
  • February 5 to 11: Burn Awareness Week
  • February 6 to 10: National School Counseling Week
  • February 7 to 14: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week 
  • February 12 to 18: Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • February 13 to 19: Homes for Birds Week, National Jell-O Week
  • February 25 to March 1: Ayyám-i-Há
  • February 27 to March 5: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Monthly observances in February 2023

  • American Heart Month
  • Bake for Family Fun Month
  • Black History Month
  • Celebration of Chocolate Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • International Boost Self-esteem Month
  • International Month of Black Women in the Arts
  • Low Vision Awareness Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • National Cancer Prevention Month
  • National Care About Your Indoor Air Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Embroidery Month
  • National Goat Yoga Month
  • National Haiku Writing Month
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • National Library Lovers Month
  • National Macadamia Nut Month
  • National Self-Check Month
  • National Snack Food Month
  • National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
  • National Weddings Month
  • National Women Inventors Month
  • National Pet Dental Health Month
  • Vegan Cuisine Month

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