February 2: Imbolc (Lughnassad) – Wiccan/Pagan
The second of four great fire festivals, Imbolc (meaning “in milk”) recognizes a time of awakening, promise and hope for the spring.
February 2: Candlemas – Christian
Christian celebration of the presentation of young Jesus in the temple to the aged Simeon. New beginnings are recognized. Candles are lighted.
February 3: Setsubun-sai – Shinto
Shinto celebration of the change of seasons with the coming of spring with shouts of “Devils out, Good Fortune in”. Bean throwing protects against demons.
February 4: Tu B’shevat – Jewish
Jewish celebration of the coming of spring by preparation of foods native to Israel. It is also known as “New Year for Trees” – a method for determining the age of trees for tithing purposes.
February 8: Chinese New Year – Taoist – Buddhist
The Chinese New Year remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. The holiday is a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors, and includes feasting together as a family.
February 9: Shrove Tuesday – Christian
Christian Carnival Day on the eve of Ash Wednesday which begins Lent, a time of fasting and devotions. Pancakes are often served. It is also known as Fat Tuesday in some places.
February 10: Ash Wednesday – Lent begins – Christian
In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season of Lent, 40 days of preparation for Easter. Many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline.
February 12: Vasant Panshami – HinduA North Indian celebration, is associated with Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning and with Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth. The color yellow is associated with this festival.
February 14: St. Valentine’s Day – Christian
Christian celebration of the love of God presented in Jesus and in the lives of Christian believers. St. Valentine was a 3rd century martyr. Widely observed in the USA as a secular celebration of love.
February 15: Nirvana Day – Buddhist – Jain
A regional observance of the death of Buddha.
February 15: Transfiguration Sunday – Christian
Christian commemoration of the experience on Mt. Tabor when Jesus’ physical appearance became brilliant as his connection with traditional Jewish holy figures became evident to the disciples.
February 26-February 29: Intercalary Days – Baha’i
Baha’i insertion of days into the calendar in order to maintain their solar calendar.