February is the month when Christmas holidays are long gone, New Year celebrations are a month old and you we are hoping the winter will finish quickly. Days are very short with sunset in late afternoon and it's cold. It does snow in February although, not as frequently as in some other parts of the world.
Here are some traditionally celebrated days.
Candlemas Day is held on February 2nd throughout Great Britain. The festival marks the midway point of winter and commemorates the purification of Mary 40 days after she gave birth to Jesus. Christians on this day remember the Jesus being presented in the Temple as was the custom of those of the Jewish faith.
Valentine's Day is celebrated all over the world and is the day set aside for people to express their love for one another. The tradition in Great Britain is to send chocolates, flowers, and cards to those you love.
Brits Awards, UK
Brits Awards is an event that is held in the United Kingdom in which awards are given for British and international pop. The ceremony is held every year in February.
No specific date is set but it is held in February.
Awards ceremony for British and international pop.
Collop Monday also referred to as Shrove Monday is held on February 11. On this day collops of bacon is served along with eggs. The collops which are chunks of fat or meat are also used for the pancakes served on the following day.
Shrove Tuesday also known as Pancake Day is held the day after Collop Monday. It is a Christian carnival day that is held the day before Lent begins. On this day, pancakes are served. This day marks the end of the Epiphany.
In London, on Shrove Tuesday, the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race is held. The race begins at Dray Walk at 12:30pm.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent which is a 40 day event. This is a Christian holiday in which many Christians use as a time of fasting and for deeper religious thoughts. Some churches hold services where ashes are used to mark foreheads of followers. The date changes each year as it is always 6 ½ weeks right before Easter.
Kissing Friday is the Friday before Ash Wednesday every year. The tradition on this day allowed school age boys to kiss girls without being rejected.
In Sileby, Leicestershire, the day was known as Nippy Hug Day and if a woman refuses to allow a man to kiss her he was allowed to pinch her posterior.
Leap Year occurs once every 4 years on Feb 29th. At one time in Great Britain this was the only day of the year that a woman could ask a man to marry to her.
In Scotland, at one time there was a law in place that a man could not refuse the proposal on this day. If he refused he was charged with a very large fine.
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