Happy February – So Much To Celebrate!

Black History Month, Candlemas, Groundhog Day and Setsuban

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We’re in the middle of a major snowstorm here at Mama Lisa headquarters. How appropriate for February! Here’s one of our favorite poems about the shortest month.

February Twilight
By Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

I stood beside a hill
Smooth with new-laid snow,
A single star looked out
From the cold evening glow.
There was no other creature
That saw what I could see–
I stood and watched the evening star
As long as it watched me.

Our book, Poems About The Months Of The Year is available here. It’s a great way to help kids learn to appreciate poetry!

Black History Month

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February is Black History Month in the US.

You can find poems, songs, and a Civil Rights Medley here.

February 2 – 3 is the midpoint of Winter. It’s the origin of many holiday traditions…

Candlemas
February 2

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Candlemas is a Christian Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. You can read about it here, including the French tradition of eating crepes (with a recipe!) , a proverb, and songs.

Groundhog Day
February 2

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Will the Groundhog see its shadow? Read about the fun American holiday here.

Setsubun
February 2

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Setsubun is a Japanese holiday celebrating Springtime. You can read about it here, including a wonderful discussion of Setsubun traditions by our correspondent Ayako.

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Image of Groundhog: By Marumari at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0.

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