We are done with the first month the year. Here we are, stepping into February where winter continues in its third and last month in the Northern hemisphere and summer in the Southern hemisphere. It is the season where the thin film of ice that lacquers all leaves, twigs and grass blades starts to thaw giving way to a mild weather which will soon give rise to a heavenly spring. Few days ago, I was spending the weekend with my aunt (a retired teacher) who lives four blocks away and I came to know from her that February comes from the Latin word “februum” which means purification.
February is the month where the cabin fever sets in the strongest. So, we must make sure that our outdoor and indoor time are well balanced. We need to find ways to get out and enjoy something out and about. Celebrating various festivals is the perfect solution both for the body and the soul.
Here are a few ideas!
- For all the lovers who are waiting for the official opportunity to express their love, their wait is finally over as Valentine’s day is here! Chocolate is huge in February. Not just on Valentine’s Day but the whole Valentine’s week that precedes Valentine’s Day. (But keep in mind that you do not eat too much chocolate as February also hosts National Toothache Day!) Healthy eating and Healthy lifestyle are what we are focusing on right now. At Home and Kitchen, we would suggest that you give this day a special touch by cooking your signature dish rather than dining outside. This healthy alternative gives you the freedom to customize your dishes in any magical way you want! So, it’s a win-win! If you want to know more about healthy cooking and eating, be sure to check out the articles written by Sadie Grace in our website!
- Although Valentine’s Day is the most popular holiday in February, we must remember that February is much longer than Valentine’s Day! There are so many other festivals in which we can take part!
New Year’s Eve has come and gone so fast and maybe you just couldn’t get enough of it. But there is good news for you! The celebration is just about to begin in some parts of Asia. The Chinese New Year comes with its own traditions. 2019- the year of the pig. Cleaning the household, having a grand dinner with the family on the eve of the new year( dumplings being a must in the menu), gifting money in red envelopes to loved ones, decorating the house are some common tradition.
My next door neighbor Shin, who is from China, tells me that her daughter looks forward to the food and the envelopes that will be placed on the table this Chinese New Year.
- Many cities host parades for the new year. Parades are an opportunity to come together and connect with others in a traditional but fun way. So why not join one?
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, Bangkok are the best places to visit if you want to spend the Chinese New Year with a local twist.
- It is interesting to know that some people celebrate the beginning of spring with Imbolc. It is held on the 1st and 2nd of February. Ireland, Scotland were some countries that used to celebrated Imbolc in the past. It remains mostly a forgotten festival but many attempts have been made in the late 20th century to revive it. It is the time for giving birth to new ideas and projects, getting crafty with your peers. Have a magical Imbolc!
- Darwin Day is observed all over the world on 12th It is a celebration of his contributions to Science. Many colleges and universities host lectures , movies, which encourage the young to make daring discoveries on their own. I’m taking my daughter Mandy and my two nephews, Levi and Kyle with me to a seminar and an exhibition!
Feel free to share with us your experience celebrating such global festivals this February.
Home and Kitchen Group wishes you all a phenomenal February!