Family Day 2014
February 17, 2014 in Canada
Family Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February except in BC where it’s the 2nd Monday of February
Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and as of 2013 also in British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays in February: In PEI Islander Day (new since 2009) is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Mondayin February is the Louis Riel Day holiday.
Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families but it also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart. Unfortunately, not everyone gets Family Day off, which makes it a debatable holiday in many provinces.
Common Family Day activities include skating, playing hockey, snowboarding/skiing and going to various winter festivals. But the best best thing about of Family Day must be beaver tails and stuffing ourselves silly with pancakes with maple syrup!
Where is Family Day?
Nationwide Canada
Washington’s Birthday
February 17, 2014 in the USA
Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day or Presidents’ Day. As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.
The federal holiday Washington’s Birthday honors the accomplishments of the man who has been referred to, for over two centuries, as “The Father of his Country”. Celebrated for his leadership in the founding of the nation, he was the Electoral College’s unanimous choice to become the first President; he was seen as a unifying force for the new republic and set an example for future holders of the office.
The holiday is also a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit for the common soldier. Revived on Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart recognizes injuries received in battle. Like Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Washington’s Birthday weekend offers another opportunity to honor the country’s veterans.
Today, the February holiday has become well-known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales. Until the late 1980s, corporate businesses were universally closed on this day. With the late 1980s advertising push to rename the holiday, more and more businesses are staying open on the holiday each year, and, as on Veterans Day and Columbus Day, most delivery services outside of the U.S. Postal Service now offer regular service on the day as well. Some public transit systems have also gone to regular schedules on the day. Many colleges and universities hold regular classes and operations on President’s Day.
Consequently, some schools, which used to close for a single day for both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, now often close for the entire week (beginning with the Monday holiday) as a “mid-winter recess”. For example, the New York City school district began doing so in the 1990s.
Where is Washington’s Birthday?
Nationwide USA
Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17, 2014 in the World
Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world by localities or organizations, or nationwide, in order to encourage acts of kindness. The original founders of a national Random Acts of Kindness Day are Megan Singleton, Josh de Jong and Marshall Gray.
The holiday is on September 1 In New Zealand, RAK day began at a national level in 2005 by Josh de Jong, Marshall Gray, Megan Singleton and Reuben Gwyn. It is not a holiday, rather a national day where the entire country is challenged to do something kind to a friend or stranger for no reason at all.
There’s no better time to help a pensioner to cross the road than on Random Acts Of Kindness Day. Of course, crossing assistance is only one of the ways that you can show kindness and assistance to those around you – get creative in finding small ways to make a difference and to make somebody smile!
Where is Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Worldwide
My Way Day
February 17, 2014 in the World
It’s My Way Day! Today is the official day to do everything your way. Sleep in late, eat whatever you want, and take as long as you like in the shower. The world revolves around you for the next twenty-four hours, so make sure that no one else influences your decisions. Do everything simply because you want to do it (but just make sure it’s legal first).
Many notable events have taken place on February 17. In 1867, the first ship passed through the Suez Canal. In 1933, Newsweek Magazine published its first issue. In 1996, a NASA spacecraft orbited and landed on an asteroid for the first time.
All of these historical moments took place because someone had a brilliant idea and followed through with it, their way. So don’t be afraid to express your ideas today, stand up for what you believe in, and do everything your own way!
Where is My Way Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1568 – Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace
1600 – Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, charged of heresy.
1691 – Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1772 – 1st partition of Poland-Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria
1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of Roman Empire” published
1854 – Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1867 – 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1876 – Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine)
1883 – A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1933 – 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published
1933 – US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
1936 – “Phantom” cartoon strip by Lee Falk debuts
1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
1958 – Comic strip “BC” 1st appears
1964 – US House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
1972 – British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
1983 – Netherlands adopts constitution
1995 – Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
1998 – USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal