10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1... Happy New Year! For many of us waking up on Jan. 1, New Year's Day, it's a time of optimism and planning—and resoluteness. There's a feeling that maybe this year we'll make the changes we've been meaning to: more rest, better eating habits, more exercise, or a new job. New Year's Day is about taking a moment — perhaps with family or a football game on the screen — to get ready for everything that is about to unfold.
You know when someone says they had an “epiphany”? The Epiphany is Three Kings Day! Celebrated most in Spain and Latin America, but also across Europe, “El Dia de los Reyes”, as it’s called in Spanish, marks the adoration of baby Jesus by the three kings, otherwise known as the three wise men, or Magi. Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar travelled by horse, camel, and elephant, in order to present the baby Jesus with symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrhh. Why We Love Three Kings DayA. A reason for more gifts Christmas isn’t the end of presents! In Europe, children
You know what we love? Removing the reproductive organs of animals for their own good. Which is why we love World Spay Day on January 23! It might sound harsh, but the truth is, failing to spay and neuter dogs and cats is responsible for millions of unwanted animals living on the streets without homes or food or being killed in shelters all over the world. So while it might make you twinge to think of a day celebrating animal sterilization, the truth is, the pain of putting all those animals down is far harsher. Why We Love World Spay
Sooner or later, it seems, cancer has an impact on us all. That's why World Cancer Day on February 4th is an important day to raise awareness about prevention, detection, and treatment. Started by the Union for International Cancer Control in 2008, World Cancer Day activities seek to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
Get your modems going, because February 6 is safer internet day! These days you can do almost anything on the Internet. You can play games, connect with friends, purchase that new outfit you didn't think you needed but now know you do. It's an extraordinary feeling to have an infinite amount of access to information and entertainment at your fingertips. The world wide web has come a long way from the Yahoo Geocities and the "You've Got Mail" of yesteryear. On February 6 we acknowledge these vast developments and the difficulties that may come with these changes by observing Safer Internet Day.
February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science! It's time to recognize the place that women and girls have in the science community. The day is opportunity to place a much needed focus on the accomplishments of women and girls in science, and also a chance to discuss the improvements society needs to make for them to better succeed. So learn about women scientists today and support girls you know in their pursuit of science.