Make a Friend in February
“Though February is short, it is filled with lots of love and sweet surprises.” – Charmaine J. Forde, writer and poet originally from Barbados.
While February is the second and shortest month on the Gregorian calendar, it is also the only month that can add an extra day every four years – known as leap year.
February is Black History Month and, in the U.S., is also Cancer Prevention Month. As far as individual dates go, many know of Groundhog Day (February 2nd) and also Valentine’s Day (February 14th). However, there are some lesser-known dates you can learn about for your amusement. These include:
February 1st: Dark Chocolate Day
February 6th: Chopsticks Day
February 13th: Tortellini Day
February 21st: Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday)
Finally, we end the month with Chocolate Soufflé Day on the 28th!
So, if you want to recognize any of these dates, they could be excuses to have fun.
My favourite day is February 11th: Make a Friend Day. I find our community supportive and friendly and have met wonderful friends here. Some friendships have started by sharing community interests and attending events that take place in Boyle Street and McCauley.
My late grandad used to say “Everyone you meet can become a friend.” I like that – and there really is a day for everything!
Ian is a columnist with the paper. He lives in the area.