3 Holidays To Celebrate On February 14th That Are Not Valentine's Day

3 Holidays To Celebrate On February 14th That Are Not Valentine's Day

We all know February 14th is Valentine's day, but for those of us who are single or may want to celebrate something else, here are three alternative holidays to enjoy!

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One of the most emotional days of the year is approaching, and fast. If you're in a relationship, this day is wrought with pressure. If you're single, then you are either hopeful, depressed, or irritable. Your attitude typically depends on your most recent relationship status. The commercialism of Valentine's Day surrounds us, and it can get overwhelming. Like most days of the year, February 14th has an abundance of smaller, less popular holidays worth celebrating. Here are my top 3 picks that deserve some acknowledgment this year.

1. Happy 107th Birthday Arizona!

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One of the youngest states, Arizona became the 48th member of the United States on February 14th, 1912. It took 56 years for this to happen, and they had to fight hard not to be combined with New Mexico. With only 200,000 residents at the time of statehood, Arizona was a little empty to start with. Now, we have over 7.016 million people! Being Arizona's centennial day, the 14th of February serves as a historical mark for those of us in the Grand Canyon State. So, like any good birthdays, I propose we all have a piece of cake to commemorate it.

2. National Ferris Wheel Day

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That's right, there is such a thing as National Ferris Wheel Day. The inventor of the ride, George Washington Gale Ferris, was born on February 14th, 1859. The Ferris Wheel was the American response to the Eiffel Tower. The first one was huge! It was 246 feet tall, which is almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty. It had 36 cars, which held up to 60 passengers at a time. The ride was very safe, with screens over glass windows and conductors in each to car as well as guards at six different platforms to signal to operator when it was safe for the ride to move. Unfortunately, Mr. Ferris spent the years following his invention struggling with bankruptcy and controversy. Still, we can appreciate the final result we know and love today. If you're afraid of heights, this may not be the pick for you. For everyone else though, today is your day to seek out the nearest Ferris wheel and go for a ride!

3. International Book Giving Day

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Originating in the UK, this day is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in young readers by providing books to those in need. The idea is to donate a book to a child in some way. Some choose to give books to family, friends, or donate to libraries and charities. This holiday doesn't have many organized events, but instead encourages volunteers to do it on their own. While the original intent is to inspire kids, I think we can celebrate the day by exchanging books with other adults as well. Too many of us find ourselves too busy to read anymore. So, what are you waiting for? Go give share some of your favorite books! Young readers are the future leaders, and we need the best leaders we can get.

So this Valentine's day instead of being sad, go have fun! You can eat some cake, ride a Ferris wheel, and share your favorite books. You don't have to be in a romantic relationship to have fun. Instead, cultivate the friendships you have and build new relationships as you go enjoy the day.

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21 Beer-rific Instagram Captions For Your 21st Birthday

Because "twenty fun" is old and overused.
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For the past few years, I have seen the same caption on Instagram over and over again about a girl turning 21. Yes, "Twenty fun," is pretty clever, but I'm tired of seeing it. Since my 21st birthday is this week, I was wondering what I should use as an Instagram caption. So, here are 21 Instagram captions that you'll be dying to use for your 21st.

1. R.I.P. Fake ID.

2. Cheers and beers to my 21 years.

3. Do you find me aBOOZing?

4. Pitcher perfect.

5. Hakuna Ma 'Vodka - It means no memories for the rest of your night.

6. Bad and Boozy

7. I make pour decisions.

8. Beer makes me hoppy.

9. IPA lot when I drink.

10. I can finally have a six-pack.

11. Tequila probably won't fix my problems, but it's worth a shot.

12. Sip happens.

13. Let the evening be Gin.

14. Wine not?

15. Whiskey business.

16. Getting into the birthday spirit.

17. If life gives you lemons, add vodka.

18. Here's to the year I won't remember.

19. It's a lot easier to start the day when you know it can now end with beer.

20. Save water, drink beer.

21. Here's to an unBEERleliveable night.

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As I Get Older, I Care Less And Less About My Birthday

It doesn't hold the same meaning as it did when I was younger.

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Every year people celebrate their birthday. It's an exciting day for most as you get some gifts and cake and spend it with friends and family. I used to love my birthday. I loved that on that one day, the spotlight was on me. People had to care about me. As I've gotten older though, I found myself caring less and less about my birthday. It's not a day I get excited about.

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my birthday anyway, given that it's on Valentine's Day. So I've always had to share my birthday with all that love and people wanting to spend it with their partner. I believe that the dislike side has grown as well because as I get older and my friends get older, they are all finding someone to be with or starting a family. Therefore, they have someone they want to spend the day with. They want to celebrate with them, not me. I've always had to battle Valentine's Day.

I believe that once you've hit a lot of major milestone birthdays (i.e first, 16th, 18th, 21st) there isn't much to look forward to. It's just another year added to your life.

You realize more and more that you're just getting older.

I'm generally a simple person as well. I don't want a huge party, I don't want fancy gifts, and I really hate people singing to me. I like having the attention, but hate it at the same time. It's a weird feeling to explain. You want to be loved, but don't want it all at once. I don't want all eyes on me.

Of course, there will always be certain parts of my birthday that I really like and do look forward to. My mom gets me the heart-shaped donuts from Dunkin' every year on my birthday. She never forgets because I don't give her the chance to. I always remind her. I do like the fact that I can ask for something, and more often than not get it because it's my birthday.

I don't mean like big gifts either. I mean that I can ask that we have what I want for dinner. That I can ask my mom to spend some one on one time with me. Simple things that I don't usually get.

I don't hate my birthday, I just don't feel as much excitement as I did growing up. It's just another day of the year.

There's just too much effort you have to put into your birthday as you grow older as well. You usually have to plan something yourself, which I don't want to do. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do because I don't want a party and there isn't anything special I ever wish to do. Even if I did want to plan a party inviting people would be a nightmare and trying to make it work for different people is a hassle.

I just think that as you get older, birthday's just aren't worth the trouble.

So, I've accepted the fact that I just don't care. I will enjoy the little things about it, but I won't make a big fuss. It's just another day.

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