International Quirky Alone Day
Celebrate your individuality and singleness. International Quirky Alone Day is not anti-Valentine's Day, anti-love or anti-romance according to QurikyAlone. It's a day to skip the contrived romances found on reality TV shows and just say no to the Valentine's Day marketing. Celebrate by doing something nice for yourself, or if you're partnered, "value yourself and develop your individuality even when in a couple."
National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day
No matter you're relationship status (single, married or "it's complicated") there might be no avoiding rich chocolate filled with creamy centers, caramel, smooth chocolate or nuts. You could even make your own by brushing melted chocolate onto a chocolate mold, chilling, adding a filling like liqueur, then topping with more chocolate. Or take your chances with boxed chocolates. Be sure to splurge for the boxes that label them or you may bite into an orange cream when all you really wanted was caramel.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, California "led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments" with 135 of the 1,177 establishments in the U.S. in 2009 (the most recent data available). Pennsylvania was second with 111.
Saint Valentine's Day
There are 14 saints named Valentine. Saint Valentine, the patron of love, greetings, engaged couples, young people, bee keepers, fainting, and happy marriages" who died a martyr in 269 is honored with a feast day on Feb. 14, according to Catholic Online. Facts about the history of Satin Valentine are so scarce that "his commemoration was removed from the General Calendar for universal liturgical veneration, when this was revised in 1969" although it's included on some regional calendars.
Saint Valentine still left his mark. According to legend wrote a farewell letter note to his jailer's daughter and signed it, "From your Valentine." On Valentine's Day we still exchange notes of love. "Formal messages of love, known as 'valentines,' appeared as early as the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were in circulation. The first commercial valentine cards in the United States appeared in the mid-1800s," according to DePaul University Library.
National Have-A-Heart DayIt's also National Donor Day, but National Have-A-Heart Day is about keeping your heart and your entire body healthy. Consider how your food choices affect the world, the environment, world hunger, animal welfare and your heart health, recommends the Vegetarian Awareness Network.
- Saint Valentine