Where to begin? February is Black History Month, today is Fat Tuesday, Thursday is Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year just passed with more upcoming celebrations this weekend. Why not celebrate it all?
Let’s start with today, Mardi Gras, where if you’re following tradition, it is your last night to gorge yourself on rich, fatty foods before the Lenten season begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. If you’re not planning on going out to celebrate, stay in with your family and use Fat Tuesday as an excuse to make one of these classic Cajun or Creole recipes for dinner. (And don’t forget to pick up a King Cake on your way home. Keep an eye out for the plastic baby…)
For Valentine’s Day, take your little out on Thursday, February 14, from 4:15-5:15 to the Ocean View branch of the public library to make Valentine’s crafts and sample treats. Or you can get into the spirit at home show your family how much you love them with these easy Valentine’s Day cookies.
If you haven’t yet officially celebrated Lunar New Year – don’t worry, there’s still time. The Conservatory of Flowers is honoring the Year of the Snake this weekend, February 16 & 17, by featuring live performances, crafts, story times and more. Take time to smell the roses (actually the magnolias) and other flowers from China while you’re there. Find hours and more information here.
And last but not least, do not let February come and go without honoring Black History Month. Once again, the S.F. public library steps up with a whole calendar of events celebrating black history through music, stories and African Diaspora traditions. You can also make your way over to the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) to take in the exhibitions, collections and public programs showcasing years of cultural richness.
You have a busy week ahead so get moving and have fun!