โ€February 2024, offers a rich tapestry of cultural and historical events. Building on from January 2024, February has everyhing from US Black History Month to the Lunar New Year. It's a period that celebrates diversity, achievements, and various cultural traditions. Here are the top events, celebrations, and special days in this month's PepTalk diary.

Key dates for your February 2024 calendar

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๐Ÿ“… LGBT+ History Month (UK) | 1-29 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ LGBT+ History Month is for everyone, whether you work in education, a museum, a library or an art gallery, a business, a service, or a member of a network/social group or an individual. Celebrate the diversity of humanity and learn from lived experiences.

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๐Ÿ“… Black History Month (US) | 1-29 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Also known as African American History Month, this month-long celebration recognises the achievements and history of African Americans in the U.S. 2024โ€™s theme is โ€œAfrican Americans and the Artsโ€. This theme is infused with African, Caribbean, and Black American lived experiences.
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๐Ÿ“… National Freedom Day (US) | 1 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865. President Abraham Lincoln created a joint House and Senate resolution later ratified in the U.S. Constitution.

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๐Ÿ“… Setsubun-Sai (Japan) | 3 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ A festive Japanese day marking the start of spring, involving rituals to chase away evil spirits.

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๐Ÿ“… World Cancer Day | 4 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ A global observance to raise cancer awareness and encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. According to the WHO, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020, or nearly one in six deaths.

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๐Ÿ“… Lunar New Year | 10 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Celebrations for the new year on the lunar calendar are significant in many East Asian cultures. Did you know? 2024 is the Chinese year of the Wood Dragon.

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๐Ÿ“… International Day of Women and Girls in Science | 11 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ This day recognises the crucial roles women and girls play in science and technology. Sadly, in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence, only one in five professionals (22%) is a woman, despite considerable increases in girls taking STEM subjects at school.ย 

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๐Ÿ“… Mardi Gras | 13 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ A vibrant festival with parades and costumes, traditionally observed before the Christian Lent season.

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๐Ÿ“… St. Valentineโ€™s Day | 14 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Love, love, love is celebrated worldwide, symbolising love and affection between intimate companions. Did you know? It wasn't until until the Middle Ages that the holiday became associated with love and romance, a tradition that first started from the common belief in France and England that birds started their mating season on February 14.

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๐Ÿ“… Random Acts of Kindness Week | 11-17 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Make kindness the norm with RAK day and week.ย Read our article on the ROI of kindness: The business case for kindness: how do you crack the code?

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๐Ÿ“… World Day of Social Justice | 20 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ A day promoting social justice issues, including poverty, unemployment, and human rights.

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๐Ÿ“… International Mother Language Day | 21 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Highlights the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity for sustainable societies. According to Ethnologue, the top 10 most spoken languages 2023 were English, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, French, Standard Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian and Urdu.

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๐Ÿ“… Ash Wednesday | 22 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Today marks the start of Lent, a significant period in the Christian calendar.

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๐Ÿ“… Leap Day | 29 February 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰ Thursday, 29 February is Leap Day, a bonus day in the Gregorian Calendar. Make your move โ€” whether that's proposing marriage or buying a French newspaper published every four years, because the next one's not until 2028.

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๐Ÿ’ก Would you like to mark any of these February 2024 events with a speaker? Let us know, and weโ€™ll find the perfect PepTalk expert for your team or organisation. Drop us a line if you're interested, and remember, itโ€™s never too early (or too late) to get a PepTalk!