Feb 7, 2012

Here's What's Happening ~ Feb. 8

Boy Scout Anniversary Day
The Boy Scouts of America began on February 8, 1910.

The Boy Scout program was originally conceived in England in 1907 by British General Robert Baden-Powell.

The story is told that in 1909, a Chicago publisher, W.D. Boyce was visiting London. Boyce became lost on a foggy London street, when to his aid came a young man. The boy helped Boyce to his destination and when Boyce attempted to give him a tip for his help, the young man refused, explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was merely doing his daily good turn. Boyce was intrigued and learned all that he could about the Boy Scout program by going straight to the source, General Baden-Powell. Upon returning to the U.S., Boyce initiated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the first institution to partner with the Boy Scouts of America and scouting remains an important part of the Church today.

Kite Flying Day
Held annually on February 8. There is no information to be found pertaining to why Kite Flying Day is held on Feb. 8th, but if the weather's not too bad, why not bundle up and go out and fly a kite. It might be fun!

Laugh and Get Rich Day
Celebrated every year on February 8th. Laugh and Get Rich Day is predicated upon the principal that, in the business world, if you have a good sense of humor it can have a positive influence on your success. Laugh and Get Rich Day is based on the teachings of the best selling book Laugh and Get Rich, How To Profit From Humor in Business written by retail expert and marketing guru, Rick Segel. In an article on the Rick Segel and Associates website, Mr. Segel says, "Many times the biggest thing that differentiates our business is the 'Likeability Factor' of our business. The fastest way to likeability is with the use of Fun, Humor, and Playful Behavior."

We all know that being around a person who can make people laugh (especially one who uses humor in good taste) makes us feel good inside and we feel more positive toward that person, which could potentially be good for that person's bottom line.

National Molasses Bar Day
Every February 8th. I don't know much about molasses bars. I've never had a molasses bar, but I did come across this Molasses Bar Recipe that looks mighty tasty. I think I might give it a try.

Tu B'Shevat
Tu B'Shevat (Tu Bishvat) is a Jewish holiday celebrated in many communities around the world including the United States. It is the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, and it occurs from sundown on Feb. 7th to sundown, Feb. 8th., 2012. It is also known as "New Year for Trees".

From Wikipedia: "In the middle ages, Tu Bishvat was celebrated with a feast of fruits in keeping with the Mishnaic description of the holiday as a "New Year". In the 16th century, the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Safed, and his disciples instituted a Tu Bishvat sedar in which the fruits and trees of the land of Israel were given symbolic meaning. The main idea was that eating ten specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection."

Many Jewish communities in the U.S. observe Tu B'Shevat by eating fruit on this day. Some of those fruits include: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Many communities also plant trees on this day.

To check out what else is happening for the month of February, please refer to the February Holidays and Observances list on the right sidebar.

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