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February 2024 Events Celebrations & Special Days

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Events, celebrations, awareness events, saint's days, annual campaigns, major sporting events - UK and global festivities happening in February 2024.

As winter comes to an end, February is the month for Half Term holidays, World Nutella Day, Groundhog Day and St. Valentine's Day.

Whether you are a teacher, a parent, a carer or just want to know what is going on this month, here are the key dates and events happening this February in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as around the world.

Events Celebrations & Special Days  in February 2024

National Storytelling Week

27th Jan to 4th Feb 2024

A week for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.


Groundhog Day

2nd Feb 2024

Groundhog Day is a fun US holiday to celebrate the emergence of a Groundhog, which signifies when spring will arrive. If the Groundhog has a shadow, it is thought that winter will continue for six more weeks, if not, spring has arrived.

All About Groundhog Day

World Ukulele Day

2nd Feb 2024

A day to have fun and play your ukulele. Try strumming this cute little Hawaiian instrument, it's easy to get started and learn a few chords. 2nd February was chosen because being 2/2, it adds up to four, the number of strings on a uke.


National Hedgehog Day

2nd Feb 2024

This is the European version of Groundhog Day, dating back to Roman times. It is also a day to remember that UK hedgehog populations are shrinking, and to celebrate all things hedgehog.

World Nutella Day

5th Feb 2024

A day dedicated to enjoyment of this most popular of chocolate and hazlenut spreads. Originally started as a joke by Nutella enthusiast Sara Rosso, the day is now officially organised by the manufacturer Ferrero.


10 Yummy Recipes Using Nutella

Children's Mental Health Week

5th Feb to 11th Feb 2024

Shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health, raises awareness and campaigns for all children to have access to mental health support.


National Apprenticeship Week

5th Feb to 11th Feb 2024

A week devoted to celebrating and promoting apprenticeships as a practical alternative to qualifications including GCSEs, A-Levels or a degree. Anyone aged 16 or above can apply for an apprenticeship.


Safer Internet Day

6th Feb 2024

A day to help raise awareness of online safety issues in your home, school, workplace or community, not just on Safer Internet Day but all year round.

More About Safer Internet Day


Free Printable Letter From Santa

Waitangi Day

6th Feb 2024

New Zealand's National Day, which celebrates the signing of the Waitangi Treaty in 1840 at the home of James Busby at Waitangi.


Charles Dickens Day

7th Feb 2024

This day celebrates one of Britain's greatest writers on his birthday. It is a day to enjoy Dicken's work as a novelist who brought social realism to the fore as his books reflected the real life of the poor in Victorian England.

Charles Dickens Wordsearch

Chinese New Year

10th Feb 2024

The New Year according to the Chinese Calendar. 2024 welcomes the Year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the world.

How To Celebrate Chinese New Year

Do You Know Your Chinese Star Sign? Find It Now!

The Personality of People Born in the Year of the Dragon

International Day of Women & Girls in Science

11th Feb 2024

A UN Day to encourage women and girls to fully participate in science, and strive for equality of opportunity in the sciences.


LEGO Life Magazine

Darwin Day

12th Feb 2024

A celebration of scientist Charles Darwin, author of The Origin of Species. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contributions to science and to promote science in general.

What is Darwin Day All About?

Charles Darwin Wordsearch

February Half Term Holiday

12th Feb to 16th Feb 2024

Schools break up for a week in the UK for half term for one week, but check with your school for individual date variations of this school holiday. Private schools may have a longer break.

Things To Do In February Half Term

Pancake Day

13th Feb 2024

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins, when people would traditionally use up all their fat and eggs by making pancakes.

All About Pancake Day

World Radio Day

13th Feb 2024

A day to celebrate and appreciate the medium of radio. Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse.


Galentines & Palentines Day

13th Feb 2024

Held on the day before St. Valentine's Day, this is a day to celebrate your friendships. Galentine's Day was popularised on the TV show Parks and Recreation, and has been adopted by many people who want to celebrate their friendships.

St. Valentine's Day

14th Feb 2024

The annual celebration of love is the day when we take the opportunity to tell the people we love just how much they mean to us. Traditionally one should send a card and a gift such as chocolates or flowers to the one that you love.

Valentine's Day Facts, Puzzles and Colouring Pages

St. Valentine's Day Colouring Pictures

National Nest Box Week

14th Feb to 21st Feb 2024

British birds are short of nesting holes, and there are many reasons why. Anyone with a garden can help by putting a nestbox, which will attract interesting birds to your garden too. This week is devoted to encouraging people to put up nestboxes.


World Hippo Day

15th Feb 2024

This is a day which is dedicated to hippopotomuses, to help prevent their extinction by poachers who hunt them for meat and for their teeth.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

17th Feb 2024

Spend the day doing random acts of kindness. The holiday was started by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, which was founded in 1995.


International Polar Bear Day

27th Feb 2024

Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic and how each of us can help.


Pokemon Day

27th Feb 2024

Pokemon Day is an annual celebration of the original Japanese release of Pokemon Red and Green. Various events are held around the world to mark this occasion.


Free Pokemon Printables

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