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Basic Biittner : Holidays

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I've always found it interesting that the shortest month of the year - FebRuary (it's also the most often mispronounced month, but that's another matter) - seems to have the most holidays, at least if you consider everything that SOMEONE celebrates.

Of course, the first week brings with Groundhog Day (Feb. 2), followed by Hank Aaron's (Feb. 5) and Babe Ruth's (Feb. 6) birthdays, along with Ronald Reagan's (also Feb. 6), which, of course, I realize few people other than me celebrate, so we'll take those out of the picture. Feb. 12 is, of course, the traditional Lincoln's Birthday holiday, which, of course, "they" moved to "President's Day" several years ago. Feb. 14th, of course, is Jack Benny's birthday. Oops, no, I mean another "unofficial" holiday, Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day (and Hallowe'en), to me, is nothing more than a holiday created by greeting card companies and merchants, just like Grandparent's Day and who knows how many other "Hallmark Holidays?"

President's Day, which seems to have taken the place of the old Lincoln and Washington Birthday holidays, and honors ALL of the 44 men who have held the office, including such notables as Franklin Pierce, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison (who held the office for a grand total of 30 days), and, yes, even Jimmy Carter and "W," is celebrated on the third Monday of the month - Feb. 16th this year .

This year, of course, they've also thrown this whole Digital Transition thing at us, so now we have February 17th branded in our brain as an important date, too. Do you suppose that Digital Transition Day will become a holiday, too? No, wait... June (12th) is the "new" Digital Transition Day -- for part of the country, anyway.????

Moving right along on our tour of this busy little month ...

Feb. 22 is the traditional Washington's Birthday holiday; Feb 24rd (this year) is or Pancake Day - the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday; Feb. 24th (this year) is also Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday," and, of course, the end of the big time partying in New Orleans; Feb. 25th, this year anyway, is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of Christians' Lenten season. And Feb. 28 is my mother-in-law's birthday.

That's quite a bit of celebration for one little month, don't you agree?

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner