13th February


First day of Lupercalia – partly in honour of Lupa, who suckled Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, this ancient Roman festival basically involved sacrificing some goats, and then running around naked whipping people whilst laughing maniacally. Nobody has this much fun anymore.

It was also the start of Parentalia in Rome, a nine-day festival of giving offerings to the family tomb. Maybe make a family tree to find out about your ancestors.

World Radio Day – so record a radio show!

Mahashivratri (2018)

Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras: (2017) ‘shrove’ comes from ‘shrive’, meaning confess. In Spanish/Italian/Latino countries, it’s the time for Carnival, like the one in Rio de Janeiro or the Venetian masquerade – so make a mask.


Make pancakes (we like cheese and leek or aubergine and ricotta for savory), or Portugeuese doughnuts called malasadas

The Swedes eat Semla:

A lot of countries have a Carnival on this day, with New Orleans in America celebrating in purple, green and gold:



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