To help ensure that you stay on top of all the latest workplace developments, the following is our guide to some of the lesser-known holidays your employees might be observing in February.

CONTEST:¬†Just to make sure you’re paying attention, the list includes one made-up holiday. The rest are very real. The first person to post a comment identifying the bogus celebration will win a valuable prize.

  • Working Naked Day (1)
  • Hula in the Coola Day (1)
  • Hedgehog Day (2)
  • Liberace Day (4)
  • Weatherperson’s Day (5)
  • World Nutella Day (5)
  • Ballet Day (7)
  • Just Say No to PowerPoints Week (3-9)
  • Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor Day (7)
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day (8)
  • Read in the Bathtub Day (9)
  • White Shirt Day (11)
  • Jell-O Week (12-18)
  • Get a Different Name Day (13)
  • Quirky Alone Day (14)
  • National Call In Single Day (14)
  • National Gum Drop Day (15)
  • My Way Day (17)
  • Love Your Pet Day (20)
  • International Sword Swallowers Day (23)
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day (27)
  • National Chili Day (28)
  • National Tooth Fairy Day (28)
  • Bring Lady Gaga to Work Day (28)

What does this mean for employers? If your employees suddenly start impersonating Liberace, swallowing swords, eschewing PowerPoints, wearing tutus, inconveniencing themselves, changing their names, crooning like Sinatra, incorrectly predicting the weather, encasing office supplies in Jell-O and/or suddenly leaving work to return stolen shopping carts, now you know why.

Enjoy the month!

(Source: library.thinkquest.org, brownielocks.com, holidayinsights.com, gone-ta-pott.com)