St Valentine's Day (Christian)
A time to tell someone that you love him/her. Both men and women can send cards. Traditionally names are not written on the cards.
Chinese New Year
This is the first day in the Year of the Tiger.
Kung Hei Fat Choy means Happy New Year in Chinese language. Chinese New Year is popularly called the Spring Festival, and the festivities last for 15 days. It is also referred to as the lunar new year because it starts with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends with the full moon 15 days later.
26 Jan Ox
14 Feb Tiger
3 Feb Rabbit
Brits Awards, UK
Awards ceremony for British and international pop.
Named after the traditional dish of the day: collops of bacon served with eggs.
Pancake Day (Christian) Christian carnival day on the eve of Ash Wednesday, which begins Lent, a time of fasting and devotions. Pancakes are often served. The day concludes the season of Epiphany.
The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
The races start at 12:30pm at Dray Walk, the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
(nearest Tube: Aldgate East or Shoreditch)
Ash Wednesday (The start of lent, Christian festival) Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the 40-day period known as Lent (the 40 days - excluding Sundays - before Easter Sunday). In Christian churches there are services in which ashes are used to mark a cross on people's foreheads. Some Christians stop eating some type of food during Lent, and use the period for religious thought.
Kissing Friday (the Friday after Ash Wednesday)
English schoolboys were once entitled to kiss girls without fear of punishment or rejection, a custom that lasted until at least the 1940s.
In Sileby, Leicestershire, Kissing Friday was called Nippy Hug Day. There men could demand a kiss from the woman of their choice, but if their petition was denied, they had the right to 'louse', or pinch, the woman's posterior - perhaps mimicking the pinching of lice?