Since we are now rounding the curve
(I knew I should have put a blanket over the hood of the car last night)
named for Janus the Two Faced,
toward that first of the super fascinating months
that were dropped into the Roman calendar
to fill a very unsightly week-less gap,
a gap that normally wouldn’t have been noticed,
due to all the hearty partying going on,
what with Yule and all,
hadn’t someone been just a liiiittttle bit picky,
and wanted things all nice and evened out-
with much malice aforethought
for all future generations of small English school children,
he dropped in,
by official decree,
a month with only 28 days.
And with its R hanging out, no less.
And, to top it all off,
named for a festival of freveling
So assuming you were a Roman Caesar,
and had just stuck a month,
into a calendar,
what would you do with it?
You could of course start by sleeping for about four days,
to get over the long winter,
and then you could
ceremoniously, of course,
celebrate the feast of the birds,
first mentioned in the Canterbury Tales as the day the birds
first start spring-uhm- “birding”
If you did, however, you would miss two-
one very serious,
and one slightly absurd,
The serious one, of course,
being on the First of February,
when Major Richard Robert Wright Sr.,
a former slave,
created National Freedom Day.
Signed into law on that day
by President Lincoln,
as the 13th Amendment- which outlawed slavery
And on June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill
proclaiming February 1st as National Freedom Day.
The second, and slightly absurd holiday, then,
is reserved for something only an American,
or a cineast,
could love: Groundhog’s Day.
Also known as national bubble gum day.
On the third, we have national eat icecream for breakfast and feed the birds days.
The fourth is reserved for create a vacuum day, and national stuffed mushroom day.
(Who invents these things? Congress?)
So, since the list is so long, (you can see it at holidayinsights.com)
I’ll just give you a quick overview:
Wave all your fingers at a neighbor day on the seventh od February,
national boyscouts on the eighth,
and toothache day on the nineth
are particular favorites of mine,
Clean out your computer, get another name, and plum pudding day.
Which is right after national lost penny day-
could it be in the pudding?
And how about Do a grouch a favor day?
Or hoodie hoo day? (for jazz singers?)
And how about Walking the dog day, Polar Bear day,
or National No Brainer day?
These are all, of course
in addition to the national day off from work type holidays,
like Washington’s Birthday
(now combined with Lincoln- on the twelfth-as Presidents’ day)
And since, by now,
you probably need a holiday
from reading about holidays,
I will offer you one more small fantastic holiday,
with the wish that it makes you smile a bit:
the twenty-eighth of February,
is National Tooth Fairy Day.
Oh, and say hi to Punxsutawny Phil for me
if you see him.
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