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Jan
13
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Jan 13 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Jan
18
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Jan
20
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Jan 20 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Jan
25
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Jan
27
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Jan 27 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Feb
1
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Feb
3
Sun
Carrot Cake Day
Feb 3 all-day

Celebrated annually on February 3, the holiday celebrates this cake made with carrots.

carrot-cake-day-fun-heritageEaten since the Middle ages, it is thought that carrot cake came about because of the high prices and rarity of sugar. To get around this problem, inventive bakers and cooks used sweet vegetables to sweeten their cakes and voila, the humble, but oh, so delicious carrot cake was born.

Healthier Cake

Carrot cake is considered a tad bit healthier than your average sugary cake. Carrots are full of fiber and packed with health-promoting beta carotene, that promote good vision, especially night vision, and help combat health-damaging free radical activity. It is usually made with less sugar, healthy oils and sometimes has healthy nuts in it.

How to Celebrate?

  • With lots and lots of carrot cake of course.
  • Bake some carrot cake and share with family and friends.

Did You Know…

…that according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, almost half of all carrots meant for human consumption come from China?

The Lord’s Day
Feb 3 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Feb
4
Mon
Thank Your Mailman Day
Feb 4 all-day

Thank Your Mailman Day is celebrated on February 4 every year.

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This unofficial holiday honors people who deliver mail or post directly to people’s homes and places of businesses.

Old Mail

Historians believe that people were hired to deliver royal letters and decrees as early as 2000 BC. The oldest recorded postal document is from Egypt and dates back to 255 BC.

This is a day to acknowledge and thank your mail person and postal worker for bringing your mail to you everyday, rain or shine, and also for not being intimated by your neighbor’s mean looking dog.

Thank Your Mailman Day is also known as National Thank Your Mailman Day in the U.S.

How to Celebrate?

  • Say hello to your postal worker and thank them for their service.
  • If you are unable to meet them in person, what about leaving a little thank you note for your mail carrier in your mailbox?
  • Even better, add a small homemade treat or a bar of candy with the note to show your appreciation.

Did You Know…

… that in 1920, the United States’ Postal Service banned sending children by post?

Feb
5
Tue
Chocolate Fondue Day
Feb 5 all-day

February 5 is Chocolate Fondue Day, a made-up holiday that encourages people to get together with family and friends and enjoy a fondue pot of delicious and gooey melted chocolate.

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Chocolate fondue is the dessert version of the traditional fondue – pieces of bread and vegetables dipped in melted cheese. In chocolate fondue, pieces of fruit, cake or cookies are dipped into sweetened melted chocolate.

Bringing People Together

Fondue is a communal dish eaten out of a pot that is kept warm with a candle or lamp. The heat keeps the cheese or the chocolate melted and warm. Diners use skewers, toothpicks, or special fondue forks to dip the bread or fruit in the melted cheese or chocolate. Etiquette requires that the dipping instrument is only used to bring the food from the fondue pot to the diner’s plate and that diners never double dip their morsels of food in the cheese or chocolate.

An American Invention With Swiss Roots

Thought to the national dish of Switzerland, fondue is thought to have originated in the country as a way to use up leftover cheese. Original cheese fondue recipes called for the cheese to be mixed with wine and herbs.

Rumor has it that chocolate fondue was first created in the United States, where this holiday is also known as National Chocolate Fondue Day, sometime in the 1950s.

How to Celebrate?

  • With chocolate fondue, of course! Get your friends and family together and indulge in some delicious chocolate fondue. To keep it healthy, offer an array of fruits – apples, strawberries, oranges, bananas – to the diners.
  • In addition to fruits, you can also serve cake, cookies, waffles, marshmallows, and ice cream cubes for everyone to dip in the chocolate.
  • Have a chocolate fondue party. Set up a fondue station with different kinds of melted chocolates and chocolate flavors. May be recommend dark chocolate with bacon bits, salted caramel chocolate, mint chocolate, and white chocolate with sprinkles?

Did You Know…

…that fondue bourguignonne is a type of fondue where diners dip pieces of uncooked meat into hot oil?

Feb
8
Fri
Laugh and Get Rich Day
Feb 8 all-day

February 8 is Laugh and Get Rich Day. A day for enriching your life with happiness. laugh-and-get-rich-day-fun-heritage

While the origins of this unofficial holiday are not known, it seems that the unknown creators of the holiday wanted to encourage people to spend the day laughing and being happy.

Happy and Healthy

While being happy won’t make you laugh all the way to the bank, it will certainly help improve your mood and your health. Studies have shown that people who are happy and laugh often tend to have less stress, lower blood pressure and a better immune response. Laughing and sharing jokes can also have social benefits. Happy people tend to have more friends and are easily accepted by social groups.

More Productive

Being happy can also help a person professionally. Joyful workers are more productive and liked by their co-workers compared to cranky and unhappy professionals.

How to Celebrate?

  • Laugh, laugh and laugh! Tell jokes and solicit jokes from friends and co-workers to put you in the mood to think up of money making ventures.
  • Watch the 1931 American comedy movie, Laugh and Get Rich starring Edna May Oliver and Hugh Herbert with family and friends.

Did You Know…

…that laughing can burn calories? Scientists have found that 15 minutes of laughter can burn as much as 50 calories.

Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Feb
9
Sat
Toothache Day
Feb 9 all-day

February 9 is Toothache Day. It is admittedly not a fun holiday, especially if you are suffering from, or have bad memories of a toothache. toothache-day-fun-heritage

Today is a good day to remind us that toothaches are never fun and that maintaining oral health is very important to keep painful toothaches away.

Created by Dentists?

While the origins of Toothache Day are a mystery, we suspect that it was a dentist who created this unofficial holiday to remind people that taking care of one’s oral well-being is very important to live a happy, healthy and long life.

The holiday is also called National Toothache Day in the United States.

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrating Toothache Day is an anachronism, but there are ways you can celebrate toothache free days by giving your teeth and oral health attention on this day.
  • Make an appointment with your dentist for a checkup.
  • Take advantage of this day to resolve to brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day.
  • Avoid food items that are bad for your oral health.

Did You Know…

…that the phrase I would give my eye-teeth refers to the fact that our canine teeth, also sometimes known as eye-teeth are incredibly valuable to us? The phrase indicates a person’s want of something.

Feb
10
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Feb 10 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Umbrella Day
Feb 10 all-day

February 10 is Umbrella Day, so honor the humble umbrella for shielding you from the elements all year long. Umbrellas can make the rain more fun.umbrella-day-fun-heritage

Umbrellas have always been a part of human history, though in ancient times they were used only by the nobility and by the rich. In many cultures, umbrellas were used as part of religious ceremonies and rituals.

Fashion Accessory

In the 18th century, umbrellas became a popular women’s fashion accessory and by the end of the 19th century, umbrellas had become a household item. It is thought that Englishman Jonas Hanway was the first male Londoner to carry an umbrella and that he was responsible for the popularity of umbrellas as an accessory among men in Europe and elsewhere.

More Practical

Today, with advances in technology, umbrellas have become smaller, lighter, easier to carry and more resilient to wind and strong rain. A majority of umbrellas in the market these days are manufactured in in the China.

Although umbrellas are sometimes also called parasols, parasols may not always be waterproof and are usually used to shield people from the Sun rather than rain.

The holiday is also known as National Umbrella Day in the United States

How to Celebrate?

  • Check the weather in your location and bring out your coolest umbrella to accessorize your outfit.
  • Go to the beach, and relax under your beach umbrella while having a drink with an umbrella in it.
  • Learn more about the history and the science behind umbrellas.

Did You Know…

…that some people believe that opening an umbrella indoors is considered to bring bad luck?

Feb
11
Mon
Make a Friend Day
Feb 11 all-day

Make a Friend Day on February 11 is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to stop and take stock of their friend list and make new friends. make-a-friend-day-fun-heritage

Humans are social animals and need friends to feel fulfilled and happy. But sometimes in the daily rush of our lives not only do we tend to ignore our old friends, but also forget to make new friends. Make a Friend Day inspires people to step out their comfort zone and try to meet new people and become friends with them.

More Tolerant

Making new friends can help people broaden their horizons and learn about different cultures and parts of the society. Research has shown that people with diverse group of friends are more tolerant, open to new ideas and empathetic than people who have a small and non-diverse group of friends.

How to Celebrate?

  • Say hello to new people and make new friends.
  • Attend events in the city where you can meet like-minded and interesting people.
  • Be adventurous and attend an event that you may never have thought about attending. Who knows you may even meet your future best friends there!

Did You Know…

…that studies have shown that on average people will remain long-term friends with 1 out of every 12 people they consider to be friends?

Feb
12
Tue
Darwin Day
Feb 12 – Feb 13 all-day

Darwin Day is held annually on or around February 12, the birthday of Charles Darwin. darwin-day-fun-heritage

This unofficial holiday honors the life and work of English naturalist Charles Darwin. Also known as International Darwin Day, the day is a celebration of science and humanity.

Theory of Evolution

Born in 1809, Charles Darwin revolutionized the field of natural history by putting forth the theory of evolution by natural selection. In his book On the Origins of Species published in 1859, he argued that all present day life forms on Earth came from a single ancestor and that diversity in the animal and plant kingdom came about due to natural selection, migration, extinction and genetic mutations.

Celebrated Worldwide

Darwin Day has been celebrated off and on since his death in 1882. In 2000, three Darwin fans, Dr. Robert Stephens, Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, and Amanda Chesworth created the Darwin Day Program. The program was later named the Darwin Day Celebration, a non-profit organization committed to science education. Today Darwin Day celebrations are held all around the world.

How to Celebrate?

  • Read Charles Darwin’s book The Origin of Species.
  • Visit your local natural history museum and spend the day among dinosaur bones.

Did You Know…

…that the full title of Darwin’s seminal book is On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life?

Feb
14
Thu
Valentine’s Day in Canada
Feb 14 all-day

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for people in Canada to tell somebody that they love them in a romantic way. It falls on February 14, the name day of two saints, St Valentine of Rome and St Valentine of Terni. In pre-Christian times, the middle of February was a time of pagan fertility festivals in Europe and allegedly the time when birds chose a mate.

valentine's-day-church Romantic dinners are a popular way to celebrate Valentine's Day. ©iStockphoto.com/g_studio

Romantic dinners are a popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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What Do People Do?

Many people send letters, cards, presents and gifts to the person with whom they have or want to have a romantic relationship. Valentine’s Day cards are often red or pink and decorated with images of hearts, red roses, teddy bears, presents or happy couples kissing or embracing. They may be in brightly colored, perhaps pink or red, envelopes.

Many people give gifts to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Common gifts are:

  • Flowers, particularly red roses.
  • Chocolates and/or candy.
  • Teddy bears.
  • Toy hearts.
  • Sparkling wine.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Clothing, including lingerie.
  • Jewelry.

Some people celebrate Valentine’s Day lavishly. They may treat their partner to a themed meal in a restaurant or a night in a luxury hotel. Others may take short breaks or vacations on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day can also be an occasion for a more general celebration of love and appreciation of people who are personally important to an individual. School children may help decorate their classrooms with hearts and spring birds and make cards or presents for their parents. Stores may also sell Valentine’s Day themed cakes, cookies or candy. Teenagers and young adults may hold Valentine’s Day parties or dances on or near February 14.

Public Life

Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday. Schools, businesses, organizations, post offices and stores are open as usual. Public transport services run to their usual timetables. Restaurants and hotels may be busy as many people take out their partner for a romantic meal or night away in a hotel.

Background

The origins of Valentine’s Day are not clear. It is thought that there were a number of local fertility festivals in Europe in pre-Christian times. These were often in the middle of February. Many people also thought that birds chose their mates at this time of year. Around the year 1380, the English poet Chaucer wrote a poem for the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. This is thought to be the first association between celebrations of romantic love and St Valentine’s Day on February 14. The connection remained important throughout the middle ages.

In the mid-19th century, there was an increase in interest in Valentine’s Day, first in the United States, then in Canada. It was promoted by manufacturers of paper lace and cards as a means of increasing their sales. Gradually, this date was seen as an occasion for a man to present gifts to a woman with whom he had or would like to have had a romantic relationship.  It was also customary for lovers to exchange handwritten notes. These have now largely been replaced by commercially produced cards.

Symbols

The most common symbols of Valentine’s Day are heart shapes, which are used to decorate many things, including cards, trees, wrapping paper, cookies and gift boxes. Other symbols associated with February 14 are pairs of birds, cute teddy bears, Cupid and his arrows and couples kissing or embracing. The colors red and pink are often associated with Valentine’s Day.

Feb
15
Fri
Gumdrop Day
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day

February 15 is Gumdrop Day. Celebrate this day by treating yourself to a bowlful of the colorful, chewy and delicious candy. gumdrop-day-fun-heritage

Gumdrops are brightly colored candy or sweets made of pectin or gelatin. They are typically covered in sugar and are usually fruit flavored. Gumdrops that are flavored with artificial spices like cinnamon and mint are called spice drops.

Decoration for Cakes

Generally cone shaped, gumdrops are often used to decorate cakes and gingerbread houses during Christmas time.

This unofficial holiday is also called National Gumdrop Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • It’s easy to celebrate this day. Just get a bag full of delicious gumdrops and enjoy them to your heart’s content.
  • Try and make gumdrops in your own kitchen. Share them with your family and friends.

Did You Know…

…that the world Gelatin comes from Latin gelat, which means to freeze?

Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Feb
16
Sat
Do a Grouch a Favor Day
Feb 16 all-day

On February 16 or Do a Grouch a Favor Day, make someone’s day by doing something nice for them and getting them out of their funk. do-a-grouch-a-favor-heritage

How to Celebrate?

  • If you see someone who is grumpy, do something nice for them. Something as simple as a cheerful greeting and a smile can make someone’s day.
  • If you know of someone who is having a hard time, make their day by taking them out for lunch or treat them to their favorite dessert.
  • Be cheerful, remember happiness is contagious and your cheer may just rub off.

Did You Know…

…that Sesame Street, a children’s TV show, has a number of characters called the grouches? Grouches are always grouchy and unhappy and live where there is chaos.