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Pancake Day and Other Unusual Holidays
Do you tend to spoil your pets on Love Your Pet Day? Are you brave enough to celebrate Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day? Are you lucky enough to be able to attend the Mardi Gras? Hopefully one of the following holidays will inspire you to write a terrific story.
Chocolate Mint Day is a day to celebrate all of the delicious treats that have the wonderful taste of chocolate mint. I realize not everyone likes this flavor, but for those of us who do, it is heavenly. To celebrate this day, you need to eat lots of chocolate mint ice cream, or whatever other chocolate mint treat you like. If you are not a fan of chocolate mint treats, why not buy some for a person who is?
There is no record of how or why this day was started, but I'm sure you can come up with a really interesting way that it began in a story.
Love Your Pet Day - If you have any pets, this would be the day to treat them extra well. Buy them a special new toy and fix them a special meal. If you don't have any pets, buy a special toy for your friend's pets. Or you could treat the animals at your local animal shelter to some treats or even a new home.
To celebrate this day, write a story about how an animal made someone's day very special.
If you celebrate Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day, people may think that you're just a little strange. On February 20 at noon, you are supposed to go outside, wave your hands over your head, and chant “Hoodie-Hoo”. Why on earth would you want to do that? It is supposed to help chase away winter and your winter blues. It is supposed to encourage the sun to come back and warm up the days. You think those weather-forecasting groundhogs could have had anything to do with the creation of this day?
Pancake Day is another name for Shrove Tuesday. On this day a thrifty housewife uses up all the fat she has in the house since she will not be using it during Lent. Pancakes are a standard way of using up the fat. This day is also known as Fat Tuesday.
This would be another good chance to do some research and write an historical fiction story.
International Pancake Day is more about pancakes. It is about free pancakes. The International House of Pancakes, on February 28, offers a short stack of buttermilk pancakes free to all customers. The pancakes are completely free, guests are just asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities.
I couldn't find who started this holiday, so come with a story telling how and why it was created. Was there some tragedy that inspired it? Or was there a miracle that inspired it?
Mardi Gras is celebrated on February 21. It has been celebrated in various cities around the world since 1699. Closely related to the pagan festival of fertility, Lupercalia, it is a day of carnival and merrymaking.
The Mardi Gras would be a fantastic setting for a story that is a story filled with intrigue, a thriller or a mystery. Look up the Mardi Gras on the internet, look at pictures of the partiers of past carnivals and see what you can come up with.
Paczki Day is a day of feasting before the fasting of Lent begins. A paczki is a Polish pastry whose dough is deep-fried and filled with something sweet. They are then usually coated with powdered sugar. Making paczki is another way to use up all of the fats present in the house before the start of Lent.
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