Ground Hog DayLegend has it that on this morning if a groundhog can see its shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If it cannot see its shadow, spring is on the way. Since a groundhog hibernates for the winter, its coming out of the ground is a natural sign of spring. Germans who immigrated to Pennsylvania in the mid-1800s began keeping an eye on the groundhog. Due to the groundhog population, the rodent made a handy agent for this particular weather superstition.
Valentine's DayValentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of valentines. Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid.
National Love Your Pet DayThis “unofficial” National holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets that you love every day. Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? Our pets give us so much. They give us unconditional love and many health benefits which include stress relief and lower blood pressure. Our pets give us these benefits without asking for anything in return. So today, it is our turn to pay them back by getting them an extra-special treat, a new toy, taking them for an extra long walk or just spending some extra special time with them. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to spoil and appreciate your pets!
Full MoonA full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. At this time, as seen by viewers on Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth (the near side) is fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth (the far side), completely illuminated. As a lunar month is about 29.531, the period between full moons can be either 29 or 30 days.