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Read up on this week’s national holiday lineup that is sure to reflect the season of love.

Monday: Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single or coupled up for the holiday, it’s a day for flowers, chocolate and love. Fortunately, there is no wrong way to celebrate. A popular nickname for this day is “Galentine’s Day,” which recenters the holiday away from romantic relationships and allows for people to spend the day with friends. Single or not, love is for all, so make sure you make the best of it. Feb. 14 is also Read to Your Child Day, National Pet Theft Awareness Day and National Donor Day.

Tuesday: Singles Awareness Day

Ironically, the national holiday following Valentine’s Day is Singles Awareness Day. Although it may be an unofficial holiday, one can understand why it was created in the first place. People who are single on Valentine’s Day need some love as well. It’s a nice reminder that it is okay to not be in a romantic relationship. Take this as an opportunity to celebrate your single-ness and the freedom that comes with it! Take a solo trip to the mall, splurge on a take out meal for one or watch your favorite movie that no else can stand. Enjoy the perks of being single for a day. Feb. 15 is also National Wisconsin Day, World Hippo Day and Tourism Day.

Wednesday: Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Are you or someone you know still down in the dumps after Valentine’s Day? If you are that grouch in question, then take advantage of this holiday. It is a wonderful way to get out of that slump and practice some self-love, or extend it to others. Have coffee with someone who might need that little pick-me-up, or hold open a door for a stranger. Feb. 16 is also Innovation Day and National Almond Day.

Thursday: Random Act of Kindness Day

Today is all about caring for others. Do something special for those you love with a random act of kindness. Random Act of Kindness Day was first established in 1995 by the nonprofit Random Acts Of Kindness Foundation. Celebrate today by paying it forward by buying a stranger’s lunch in the Bear’s Den or by planning a special game night with friends. Thursday is also National Cabbage Day, My Way Day and World Human Spirit Day. 

Friday: National Pluto Day

Friday is National Pluto Day which celebrates our beloved dwarf planet at the edge of our solar system. The planet was officially discovered by Clyde William Tombaugh in 1930 after disturbances around the planet Neptune were detected. Only two thirds the size of Earth, Pluto was labeled a dwarf planet in 2006 and was removed from the common Solar System model. Celebrate National Pluto day by researching similar dwarf planets or the Roman god of the underworld, from which Pluto gets its name. Friday is also Thumb Appreciation Day, National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day and National Battery Day.

All holidays were found on nationaltoday.com. Be sure to keep up to date with our regularly featured holidays featured both on our Instagram @themainecampus and website.