Yes, the Hallmark Holiday, Valentine’s Day, has come to a close. You either love it or you hate it, but nonetheless don’t expect to see any more chocolate hearts, fuzzy pink outfits or lovey-dovey couples in the near future (hopefully). Even though February is almost over, there is still a myriad holidays waiting to be celebrated. Here are just a few.
National Chocolate Mint Day: Feb. 19
Let’s begin with a holiday, that’s close to my heart and my taste buds, which celebrates all things minty. Whether it is drinking a mint chocolate chip milk shake, baking a leafy green, chocolatey dessert or even heading to the spa for a spearmint face scrub, do something to glorify this tasteful day. If you’re new to the chocolate mint scene, stay on the safe side and try an Andes mint candy. They melt in your mouth and have all the chocolatey goodness you could ask for: What’s not to love? A chocolate mint veteran? Switch it up a bit, and invent your own minty snack. Anything goes on a day that honors sweets!
Love Your Pet Day: Feb. 20
Obviously you should love your pet every day, but this holiday commemorates a day to spoil them unconditionally. Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster or even a pet rock, take your animal out on the town. Play fetch, scratch its favorite spot or even dress it up in ridiculous clothing; this is the day to show your creature how much you care.
Be Humble Day: Feb. 22
Why not have a day to celebrate modesty? Oh wait, there is! This holiday not only serves as a day to shut up the gloaters of the world for an entire 24 hours, but also to absorb all of the wonderful things you do. Pick up some trash on the side of the road, help a friend with homework or even spend a day at a soup kitchen, but keep all those good deeds to yourself, and appreciate what you can do to help others. It’s not just a day to be humble; it’s a day to celebrate yourself.
National Tortilla Chip Day: Feb. 23
Any holiday commemorating food is fine by me. On the 23rd, head to your favorite Mexican restaurants to celebrate: Qdoba, Illegal Pete’s, Chipotle, or get a little fancier at the Rio. If you don’t want to spend money and you love to cook like me, make some homemade nachos with the works. Add some beans, cheese, onions, sour cream, and if you want to go all out, make some guacamole to go with it. Love chips and queso? A secret source has informed me that Chipotle may be in the works of creating just that. Be on the look out for an announcement.
Public Sleeping Day: Feb. 28
Saving the best for last, here is a day dedicated to sleep. On the last day of February, why not celebrate by taking a nap in a public area? Catch a quick snooze in the middle of Norlin Quad, on a park bench or if you’re feeling adventurous, try catching some Z’s in the middle of class. That probably won’t last very long if you’re in a class of 15. Sleep where ever and whenever – it’s the one day you can be lazy and get away with it.
There you have it: some weird, random holidays that will get you through the rest of February. It’s not Valentine’s Day, but hey, sleep and food sound a little more appealing than a holiday that supports PDA, don’t you think?
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Kelsey Samuels at Ksamuels19@gmail.com.