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10 reasons to celebrate in February

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February is a great month for families, filled with many celebrations. February is the month of love. Valentine's Day is celebrated right in the middle of the month.

Valentine's Day is the most celebrated day in February, but it's not the only reason to celebrate. Here are 10 reasons to celebrate in February. You'll find lots of special February celebrations at

In keeping with the Valentine's Day theme, February is National Chocolate Lovers Month. You will find recipes for chocolate cake, cookies, candies, drinks, fudge, icings and more at

During February, we celebrate Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, by focusing on the achievements by African Americans in U.S. history.

The Winter Olympic Games begin with the Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia on February 7. You can find the complete line-up for all sports at the official website.

Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated the week of February 10-16. Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated Feb. 17. This is a great time to teach kids to be kind to others in words and actions. You'll find lots of ideas of ways to pay it forward at the Random Acts of Kindness website.

Valentine's Day is celebrated on Feb. 14 each year. On this day, we show our love and appreciation for sweethearts, family and friends with cards, flowers, candy and other gifts.

We celebrate the birthdays of two of the most famous American presidents during the month of February. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, was born Feb. 12, 1809. George Washington, our first president, was born Feb. 22, 1732. We celebrate both of these presidents on Presidents Day, observed on the third Monday in February. This year's holiday is on Feb. 17. Many federal, state and local government offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day.

National Engineers Week is celebrated the week of February 16-22. Some of the activities for the week include Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Feb. 20 and Engineering Family Day on Feb. 22. Celebrate the contributions of engineers to our quality of life.

World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides everywhere on Feb. 22 by focusing on friendship and improving the lives of people around the world. This year's theme is "Education Opens Doors for all Girls and Boys".

National Chili Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in February, which falls on Feb. 27 this year. Make a big pot of your favorite chili. Whether you like your chili spicy, mild, with or without meat, a bowl of chili is a great way to warm up on a winter's day.

Although Mardi Gras is officially celebrated on March 4, the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans begin in mid-February. You'll find a schedule of activities and information about each parade at the Mardi Gras website.

Plan lots of family celebrations during the month of February. With so many special celebrations on the calendar, you don't have to look for a special reason to celebrate this month.



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