Cultural Calendar: February 2022

What About February?
Cultural Calendar
All Month
Black History Month
This month celebrates the achievements of African Americans across centuries and further recognizes the pivotal role that African Americans played in American History. The theme of 2022 is Black Health and Wellness and explores the legacy of Black medical practitioners and scholars including: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD (1831 – 1895, the first Black woman to receive an MD in the United States); Leonidas Harris Berry, MD (1902 – 1995, the first Black doctor on staff at Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital); and Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD (1939 – present, the pioneer of a national sickle cell disease screening program and recipient of every award the Public Health Service bestows).
Chinese + Korean New Year
February first marks the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, a year associated with the commendable attributes of bravery, confidence, and strong will. The Korean New Year, which is derived from the Chinese New Year, is also celebrated on this day.
Feb 1
National Freedom Day
Signed into US Law on June 30, 1948, this day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a joint House and Senate resolution that was later ratified by the States as the 13th Amendment.
Feb 1
Imbolc (Gaelic)
Also known as Saint Brigid’s day or Là Fhèill Brìghde, this holiday marks the beginning of Spring and serves as the feast day of Saint Brigid, Ireland’s matron saint.
Feb 2
Candlemas Day (Christian)
Also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus, this holiday commemorates the presentation of Jesus Christ at the Temple and is based upon the account of the presentation in Luke 2:22-40.
Feb 12
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
This day celebrates the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the United States’ 16th President, in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
Feb 15
Susan B. Anthony Day
This day marks the birthday of one of the most prolific civil rights leaders in United States history, Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony’s legacy includes creating the first women’s movement in the United States and spearheading he movement for the next five decades.
Feb 16
Māgha Pūjā (Buddhist)
This day is the second most important Buddhist festival and is celebrated on the full moon of the third lunar month. The festival marks the meeting of Buddha and his first 1,200 disciples and is used to honor the Three Jewels of Buddhism: The Buddha’s Enlightenment, the Sangha (the Buddhist Community), and the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings).
Feb 20
World Day of Social Justice
On November 7, 2007, the UN General Assembly declared that February 20 would serve to recognize the need to promote international social justice, including efforts to remedy poverty, fight exclusion, work towards gender equality, and provide robust social protections.
Feb 21
International Mother Language Day.
This international holiday is intended to promote the preservation and protection of all languages and further promotes awareness of the robust linguistic and cultural diversity in both local and global communities.

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