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Cultural Celebrations and Significant Dates - February

Black history monthSince 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the  African diaspora.
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom in October.

Black History Month – Wikipedia

World Interfaith Harmony Week logoWorld Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan. The World Interfaith Harmony Week falls in the first week of February of every year and aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

World Interfaith Harmony Week – Wikipedia

World Interfaith Harmony Week – United Nations

Pile of pancakes with butter and syrupShrove Tuesday is the last day before the long fast for Lent for some Christians in Canada. It has many names, including Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, the Tuesday of Carnival, and Pancake Day. It often coincides with or falls close to the dates for the winter carnival celebrations that occur in the January/February period. Though named for its former religious significance, it is chiefly marked by feasting and celebration, which traditionally preceded the observance of the Lenten fast. It is observed by various Christian denominations. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, observed in many Christian countries through participating in confession and absolution, the ritual burning of the previous year’s Holy Week palms, finalizing one’s Lenten sacrifice, as well as eating pancakes and other sweets.

Shrove Tuesday is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday, a moveable feast based on the cycles of the moon. The date can be any between 3 February and 9 March inclusive.

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Carnival / Shrove Tuesday –

Shrove Tuesday – Wikipedia

American Flag with President Lincoln insertAn observance honouring the signing of what later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on February 1, 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln, outlawing slavery.

National Freedom Day in the United States –

National Freedom Day – Wikipedia

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