In the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month or National African American History Month. We use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history.
February 1st is also National Freedom Day, On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Senate signed a resolution to outlaw slavery that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S Constitution.
The celebration can be felt nationally and worldwide as many organizations host events that educate on the rich culture, and memorable figures of African American history. As a new month of remembrance begins, let’s consider the important reasons why Black History Month is observed each year and continue to be Cooperative, Hardworking, Amiable, Respectful & Trustworthy Scholars'.
" We are not makers of History. We are made by history" -Martin Luther King Jr
February 2nd: Groundhog Day marks the midway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. The holiday is commemorated when a famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from his burrow after a long winter nap and looks for his shadow. This holiday was first celebrated on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The tradition goes that this day is used to help determine how many weeks of winter might be left. It is said that if it is cloudy and he does not see his shadow, we will stay above ground as spring is on its way but if the sun comes out on that day and he sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of winter.
February 2nd: The Super Bowl is the season finale championship game of the National Football League (NFL) in the United States. The matchup for this game is the winning teams of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). This event is one of the most-watched television events in the United States.
February 9th: Tu Bishvat is celebrated as the New Year for trees. This day falls in January or February each year and is one of the four New Years in the Jewish Calendar.
February 14th: Valentine’s Day is a day for a celebration of love and friendship. Every year people celebrate this day by sending messages of affection to partners, family members, and friends.
February 17th: School Closed Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents Day. President's Day, or Washington's Birthday as it is still legally known, was originally designed as a celebration of George Washington's birthdate. In 1880, Congress voted to make this the first national holiday that honored an individual. In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Bill, to give workers as many long weekends as possible. This moved as many holidays to a standard Monday each year. Many states were already honoring Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12th, and this celebration was combined with George Washington's birthday, for one federal holiday. It is observed on the third Monday in February each year.
The School will be closed for Midwinter Recess February 17th-21st and all students and staff will return on Monday, February 24th.
February 25th: Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
February 26th: Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Christian faith. As a display of atonement, ashes are marked on worshippers' heads. Lent, which is observed during the seven weeks prior to Easter, is a time of reflection and preparation for the Holy Week and is observed by fasting, charitable giving, and worshipping.