February Special Days

There are many special days in February.

February is also called Black History Month,  Heart & Stroke Month, I Love to Read Month (Manitoba), Junior Achievement Month, Psychology Month, Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month, and its shortest month of a year.

The first Saturday of February is observed as Safer Internet Day. The first week of February is observed as Eating Disorder Awareness Week, National Therapeutic Recreation Week, and  White Cane Week (Canadian Council of the Blind). February’s third week is Scout-Guide Week, Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week, Heritage Week, and the fourth week is Freedom to Read Week.

The third Monday of February is a public holiday for many Canadian provinces. It is celebrated as Heritage Day and it’s called Family Day in Alberta, Islander Day in Prince Edward Island, and Louis Riel Day in Manitoba.

 Observance    Observed as  Remarks
February 2 World Wetlands Day World Wetlands Day aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet
February 4 World Cancer Day An international awareness day led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise worldwide attention and inspire action for a cancer-free world.
February 6 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Organized by United Nations to promote the elimination of female genital mutilation, engage whole communities, and focus on human rights, gender equality, sexual education, and attention to the needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences
February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science United Nations Day in order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls
February 11 211 Day A public awareness initiative that helps guide people through the complex network of human services by phone, online, and in some areas by text
February 12 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day A yearly campaign designed to raise awareness on sexual and reproductive health and promote resources to improve community health in Canada by Canadian Federation for Sexual Health
February 13 World Radio Day The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO in 2011
February 13 Wear Red Day Wear Red Canada is celebrated annually across Canada to raise awareness about women’s heart health.
February 14 Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.
February 15 International Childhood Cancer Day  A global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer
February 15 National Flag of Canada Day  Observed annually on February 15 to commemorate the inauguration of the flag of Canada which is officially called the “National Flag of Canada Day” or known as “Flag Day”.
February 17 Random Act of Kindness Day Celebrated by individuals, groups, and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.
February 20 World Day of Social Justice UN day to remember the significance of social justice for the underprivileged and oppressed.
February 22 Canada’s Agriculture Day Canada’s Agriculture Day is a day designated for the country to come together to recognize and celebrate the men and women who produce the food that Canadians, and people around the globe, love to eat.
February 22 World Thinking Day Day of friendship, sisterhood, and empowerment where Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the world speak out on issues that affect girls and young women.
February (Last Wednesday) Pink Shirt Day Anti-Bullying Day in Canada
February (28/29) International Rare Disease Day On the last day of February, Raising awareness and generating change for the 300 million people worldwide living with a rare disease.

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