Tuesday, the 2nd of February, 2016 is the 33th day in 2016 and in the 5th calendar week.
General Events:
World Wetlands Day
February 2, 2016 in the World
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 02, 2016. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called Ramsar Convention, on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Groundhog Day 2016
February 2, 2016 in the USA/Canada
Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.
Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow. In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges (Grundsow Lodges) celebrate the holiday with fersommlinge, social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more g’spiel (plays or skits) are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime or quarter, per word spoken, put into a bowl in the center of the table.
The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where crowds as high as 40,000 have gathered to celebrate the holiday since at least 1886. Other celebrations of note in Pennsylvania take place in Quarryville in Lancaster County, the Anthracite Region of Schuylkill County, the Sinnamahoning Valley and Bucks County. Outside of Pennsylvania, notable celebrations occur in the Frederick and Hagerstown areas of Maryland, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Woodstock, Illinois, and among the Amish populations of over twenty states and Canada.
The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The holiday also bears some similarities to the medieval Catholic holiday of Candlemas It also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 1 and also involves weather prognostication.
Where is Groundhog Day?
Nationwide USA/Canada
Marmot Day 2016
February 2, 2016 in Alaska
Marmot Day takes place on February 02, 2016. Marmot Day is an Alaskan holiday established to celebrate marmots and Alaskan culture. Although local festivals have been part and parcel of frontier life for decades, Marmot Day became an official holiday on April 18, 2009, when the 26th Alaska State Legislature officially passed Senate Bill 58.
Where is Marmot Day?
Nationwide Alaska
Imbolc
February 2, 2016 in the World
Imbolc (pronounced: EE-Molc) is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (pronounced BREED) Day. One of the 4 Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name).
This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, i.e. the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the Crocus flowers etc. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Crone to Maiden.
This is a Sabbat of purification after the shut-in life of Winter, through the renewing power of the Sun. It is also a festival of light and of fertility, once marked in Europe with huge blazes, torches and fire in every form. Fire here represents our own illumination and inspiration as much as light and warmth. Imbolc is also known as Feast of Torches, Oimelc, Lupercalia, Feast of Pan, Snowdrop Festival, Feast of the Waxing Light, Brighid’s Day, and probably by many other names. Some female Witches follow the old Scandinavian custom of wearing crowns of lit candles, but many more carry tapers during their invocations.
Where is Imbolc?
Worldwide
Crepe Day
February 2, 2016 in the World
Crepe Day is always observed on the second day of February each year in France and other European countries.
The Crepe Day is the French Candlemas known as la Chandeleur. It is the feast of the presentation of the baby Jesus to the Temple. It also marks the purification of the Virgin Mary and the blessing of candles. In Spain, this event is called Candelaria.
This occasion happens every forty days after Christmas with pagan roots and linked with many rituals and misconceptions today. It is also similar to the Groundhog Day observed in the United States and Canada as both events touches on folklore beliefs pertaining to predictions on the future.
Crepes are thin, French-style and crispy cakes cooked in pans similar to pancakes. The latter though are thicker and served differently. The former’s classic serving is with lemon and sugar filling. Nowadays, it may be served with jam, chocolate and fruits.
On Crepe Day, while cooking crepe, it’s required that the writing hand should be holding a coin while the other hand holds the crepe pan. When it is time to flip the crepe, the weak hand holding the pan should be able to catch the crepe without damaging it. If successful, it is believed that the New Year will be a better one.
Where is Crepe Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events on 2nd February:
506 Alaric II, king of the Visigoths, promulgates the Lex Romania Visigothorum (or Breviary of Alaric), a collection of Roman law
1536 Pedro de Mendoza founds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires “Robinson Crusoe”
1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million
1852 1st British public men’s toilet opens (Fleet St London)
1887 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed
1901 Queen Victoria’s funeral takes place
1920 Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence
1922 It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22
1925 Dogsleds reach Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km
1932 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
1935 Leonarde Keeler first use of his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings (Portage Wisc)
1946 The Proclamation of Hungarian Republic is made
1962 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
1987 Philippines adopts constitution
1990 South Africa’s Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs
2012 Cold snap across Europe kills more than 100 people (over 400 people by 08-02)
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