The month of February

February is the 2nd month of the year that has either 28 or 29 days. Its birthstone is Amethyst and its birth flowers are violet and primrose. When there are 29 days or when it is leap year, a worldwide festival is held in Anthony, the leap year capital of the world.

February is the second month of the year. It has 28 days but 29 days every 4 years during leap year.

The Februarian birthstone is Amethyst, a purple quartz, that was believed to protect the wearer from drunkenness. (1) Following suit with the color of this gemstone, the birth flower is surprisingly violet (not even close to the fiery love-month red). Violets symbolize faithfulness and so to give this bloom to someone is to show your loyalty to that person (which now correlates to love). Primrose, a colorful perennial that is not related to a rose, is also February’s birth flower. (2)

How do you know it is the 4th-year leap year?

Simple. If you can divide that year by 4, then it is a leap year.

Leap year capital of the world

Anthony, a small town between New Mexico and Texas, is the Leap Year Capital of the World. This began when Mary Ann Brown, born in leap year 1932, and fellow leap-year born, Birdie Lewis, proposed the idea of celebrating “Leapies” birthdays to the town’s Chamber of Commerce on February 1, 1988 – Leap Year Festival and Leap Year Birthday Club. From the NM-TX borderline town’s old name, “The Best Little Town in Two States”, it has been proclaimed the Leap Year Capital of the World. Drawing in only 9 leap-year celebrators on the first year of proclamation to a few thousands on the next 2-day festival. (3)

“I always thought that Leap Year Day should have more recognition . . . It just came to me that it would be a good theme for the Chamber of Commerce to use—and we’d only have to work hard once every four years.”

Mary Ann Brown, American Profile (3)

This worldwide leap year festivities are packed with fun-filled events, such as 10K race, chuck wagon breakfast, hot air balloon launch, craft show, carnival, hayrides, golf tournament, concerts, parade and the ultimate birthday party for those February “29ers”. (3)

“When you only get one birthday every four years, you want to make it special . . . Here in Anthony, we try to do everything we can think of to entertain the people who come to the festival.”

Mary Ann Brown, American Profile (3)

References:
(1) American Gem Society. (n.d.). Amethyst Overview. Retrieved January 11, 2020 from https://www.americangemsociety.org/page/amethystoverview.
(2) The Old Farmer’s Almanac Editors. (2019, January 30). February Birth Flowers The Violet and the Primrose. Retrieved from https://www.almanac.com/content/february-birth-flowers
(3) Johnson, E. (2004, February 22). American Profile. Retrieved from https://americanprofile.com/articles/leapyear-capital-of-the-world/.

Opening the New Year chapter

Officially starting the new year with an Edith Lovejoy Pierce quote, your opportunity book has blank pages for you to fill in. Yes, opportunities are there waiting for you to take. Anything you may have done wrongly in the past is a lesson. Today and going forward, you will get better!

Happy New Year 🎊, friends!!! I just can’t wait for the end of this write-up to say that.

I am also “officially” starting my year 2020 today with a quote by Edith Lovejoy Pierce below. It’s for you, too . . . as that is just perfect for day one of “our” 365 journey (together?). 😁

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

Edith Lovejoy Pierce quote | I Call Her Mnimi | AboutMnimi.com

The blank pages represent all the opportunities that you are yet to take – to start over and make things a whole lot better – this year. You may have done some stupid things in the past and that’s alright. It is done and gone. It’s your lesson and hopefully, you learned. Today and going forward, you’ll make up for those . . . and you will get better!

For the obsessive-compulsive, like me, I mark today, January 1st, 2020, as that day. 👊 Haha.

Little girl, Mnimi, drawing on her book of opportunity for the new year - a red and blue house under a yellow sun which symbolizes a happy home - I Call Her Mnimi - www.AboutMnimi.com
Inside her Opportunity Book, little Mnimi draws a colorful house on a sunny day – her representation of a happy home.
I Call Her Mnimi | http://www.AboutMnimi.com

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Speaking of the new year, I would have loved to start it by going to the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade but I let myself stuck on this blog instead, which I love, too!

Tournament of Roses Parade

2018 Full Rose Parade uploaded by TheeWolfGirl13, on YouTube

For those of you who don’t know what 🌹Rose Parade is, it’s the annual parade of marching bands, equestrians and fabulous floats covered with fresh roses and other flowers 💐. It is a tradition during New Year’s Day in Southern California (unless it falls on a Sunday, then it will be moved on January 2nd).

Every year, in Pasadena, California, this flower-filled event follows a theme.  Today is about The Melody of Life and I can only imagine flowery musical floats. We’ll check out the actuals later on…

If you have already executed your first-of-the-year plan today, good for you!  For the Rose Parade fans who have settled on your best viewing spots, high five!✋🏽 But for those of you who were not able to purchase tickets, you can see the after-parade showcase for a fraction of the cost.💵

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Also, if you are like me who is always on the look-out for some local events, below is a list for January, February and March that you can put on your calendars in advance.  Cheers! 🥂

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