Monthly Cultural Almanac: February 2020

February 4, 2020

Despite the sweet treats and romantic dinners that Americans enjoy on Valentine’s Day, February can be the hardest of winter months. The excitement of the first winter snow has faded, and there’s still a month to go before spring begins. Here are a few interesting U.S. traditions and celebrations that make the long winter a little more exciting!

February in the U.S. is an exciting month filled with cultural events.
 
Black History Month
 
Feburary 1-29 - All month long, we celebrate the contributions that African-Americans have made for our country. Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States in February. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of African culture. You can celebrate by going to local museums or colleges to see Black History Month lectures and exhibits!
 
Academy Awards
 
February 9 - Are you a movie fan? The Academy Awards, more popularly known as “the Oscars,” are awards for achievement in the film industry. It is the oldest of four major annual American entertainment awards, which include the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music. The Academy Awards gathers billions of viewers throughout the world. This year’s nominees include movies from Brazil, France, Macedonia, Poland, South Korea, and Spain!
 
Valentine's Day
 
February 14 - Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is celebrated annually on February 14 and is a celebration of love and lovers. Across the United States, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Many school children exchange valentines with one another on this day. You can join in the fun too, by making cards or giving candy to your friends!
 
Presidents' Day
 
February 17 - Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. The day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor all who have served as president, not just George Washington. Most businesses remain open with many offering sales and other promotions.