February 22

February 22 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on February 22, include:

  • Ash Wednesday (First Day of Lent) - February 22, 2023
  • Be Humble Day 
  • European Day for Victims of Crime 
  • Founders Day - (World Organization of the Scout Movement)
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day - February 22, 2023 (Fourth Wednesday in February)
  • National Cook a Sweet Potato Day 
  • National Margarita Day 
  • National Wildlife Day - (In 2018 this date was permanently changed from September 4 in honor of Steve Irving's Birthday)
  • Pink Shirt Day - February 22, 2023 (Last Wednesday in February)
  • Recreational Sports & Fitness Day 
  • Single Tasking Day 
  • Tex Avery Day 
  • Walking the Dog Day 
  • Washington's Birthday - February 22 (but observed as a U.S. Federal Holiday on the Third Monday in February (February 20, 2023)
  • Woolworth's Day 
  • World Thinking Day 

2023 Weekly Holidays that include February 22, are:

  • American Camp Week - February 21-24, 2023
  • Bird Health Awareness Week - February 19-25, 2023 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Brotherhood / Sisterhood Week - February 19-25, 2023 (Third Week in February)
  • Build a Better Trade Show Image Week - February 19-25, 2023 (Third Full Week in February)
  • International Petroleum Week - February 21-23, 2023
  • Lent - February 22 - April 8, 2023 (Begins on Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday)
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is April 9, 2023)
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week - February 20-26, 2023
  • National Engineer's Week - February 19-25, 2023 (Third Full Week in February)
  • National FFA Week - February 18-25, 2023 (Runs Saturday to Saturday and has February 22, George Washington's birthday in the week)
  • National Green Week - February 5 - April 30, 2023 (Start First Full Week in February to April 30)
  • National Justice for Animals Week - February 19-25, 2023 (Begins on the Fourth Week in February)
  • National Pancake Week - February 19-25, 2023
  • National Sauna Week - February 19-25, 2023 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Orthodox Lent - February 22 - April 8, 2023 (Begins on Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday)
  • Through with the Chew (Chewing Tobacco) - February 19-25, 2023 (Third Full Week in February)

2023 Monthly Holidays that include February 22, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Usually starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2023 dates are December 23, 2022 - February 28, 2023.
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - January 14 - March 5, 2023, Parade on February 4, 2023
  • Yukon Quest - Starting in Whitehorse on February 11, 2023, there will be 3 races - 100 mile, 250 miles and a 450 mile. The race typically runs for 10 to 16 days until the last team finishes.
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 17 - 25, 2023 - Carnival is the biggest festival in the world with two million people a day on the streets. Floats, Parades, Balls, Music and Dancing are all part of the Event
  • Carnival of Venice - February 17 - 25, 2023 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes
  • Losar - February 19-23, 2023 - The Tibetan New Year, typically a three-day festival that mixes sacred and secular practices that include prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, as well as sacred and folk dancing and partying. The first day is the most important. (Buddhist)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 22 is Pisces.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:

  • Violet - symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
  • Primrose - Modesty, distinction, and virtue


The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1732 – George Washington, First President of the United States (d. 1799)
  • 1907 – Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby. MD) (d. 1998)
  • 1918 – Robert Wadlow, World's tallest ever human at 8 ft 11.1 inches (d. 1940)
  • 1974 - James Blunt
  • 1975 – Drew Barrymore, American actress (E.T.)

Famous Deaths

  • 1984 - David, the boy who spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • 1987 – Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer (b. 1928)
  • 1994 - "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • 2007 – Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1992 - Ed McMahon, 69, weds Pamela Hurn, 37
  • 1996 - Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice
  • 2008 - Actress Pamela Anderson (Baywatch) divorces Rick Salomon after only two months of marriage

Quote of the Day

George Washington was born on this day in 1732, and was the first President of the United States!

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the day for February 22, is a bunch of different healthy Roasted Vegetables Recipes from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the day for February 22, is a bunch of different healthy Roasted Vegetables Recipes from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.  Pictured is Oven Roasted Salad-Green Base, oven roasted Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower and Kale, with organic baby tomatoes, and peanuts drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette!

Just a side note: Eating a big meal of vegetables today, will save some calories, so that you can indulge in a Margarita in honor of February 22, being National Margarita Day.

This Day in History

  • 1630 - Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
  • 1821 - Spain sells Eastern Florida to United States for $5 million
  • 1856 – The Republican Party has its first national organized meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1862 – Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six year term as the President of the Confederate States of America
  • 1872 – The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1876 - Johns Hopkins University opens
  • 1879 – Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores, in Utica, New York
  • 1889 – US President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states
  • 1900 - Hawaii became a US territory
  • 1903 - Due to drought, the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
  • 1907 - 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
  • 1915 - Germany begins unrestricted submarine war
  • 1920 - 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track in Emeryville California
  • 1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House
  • 1932 - Purple Heart award reinstituted
  • 1935 - Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House
  • 1942 -US President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse
  • 1958 – Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic
  • 1974 – Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.

This Day in Music

  • 1975 - Average White Band's Pick Up the Pieces hits #1.
  • 1989 - Jethro Tull wins the first Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance a new category that was included for the first time
  • 1989 - Bobby McFerrin won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for Don't Worry, Be Happy at the Grammy's
  • 1997 - No Doubt went to #1 on the UK singles chart with Don't Speak
  • 1997 - The Spice Girls hit #1 on the US singles chart with Wannabe, and it stays on top for four weeks
  • 2001 - U2 wins record of the year and song of the year with Beautiful Day at the 43rd Grammy Awards
  • 2002 - Little Richard gets the NAACP Image Award
  • 2004 - Norah Jones hits #1 on the US album chart with Feels Like Home
  • 2008 - The U2 concert film U2 3D is released worldwide.
  • 2011 - Adele releases her second album, 21, in the US

It was hard not to sing along with the Spice Girls....they always had such catchy tunes! Wannabe hit #1 on the US charts in 1997.

This Day in Sports

  • 1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 Race
  • 1860 - Organized baseball played in San Francisco for the 1st time
  • 1888 - John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans in Yonkers, New York
  • 1958 - Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
  • 1979 - Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • 1980 – In the Lake Placid, New York, Olympics, the U.S. hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, on their way to Gold
  • 1998 - 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

rheum (noun)

1. (physiology) A watery or thin discharge of serum or mucus, especially from the eyes or nose.

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