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Carpe Diem Day

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always on February 26

"Seize the day, every day." That's the slogan of Carpe Diem Day. It's straight and to the point. The message is:  Live today like there will be no tomorrow. Don't take anything for granted.

Carpe Diem comes from the Roman poet Horace. Literally translated, it means "Pluck the day". Over the years, this saying has morphed into "Seize the day", making the meaning much clearer. The intention of this expression is indeed quite clear. It means you have today, so make the best of it and enjoy life while you can. You have today, don't hold back until a tomorrow that is not guaranteed to come. While you're at it, encourage others in your life to make the most of the present.
A little poem for Carpe Diem Day:

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
and today is a gift....
that's why they call it the present.

By Bill Keane

There are so many ways to celebrate the message of this special day. Whatever way you choose, it should be one that:

  • Lives today to the fullest.
  • Finds you engaged with friends and loved ones, if possible.
  • Causes you to engage in fun and pleasant activities.
  • Experiences new activities and adventures.
  • Honors loved ones who are no longer with you.


Today's Quote: "Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart." - - Erma Bombeck


History and Origin of Carpe Diem Day:

This holiday was created in 2020 by the friends and family of Yvette Francino, who lives in Superior, Colorado. Yvette lost a good friend, Craig Dunham, to ALS. Her inspiration came from him. He taught her the importance of living each day fully. Yvette has done much since then to promote the importance of living each day to the fullest. Yvette says the goal of this day is to "serve as reminder to live fully despite the many challenges that life throws at you." She also encourages all of us to "not put off to tomorrow doing the things you love - with the people you love - when you can do it today." Her children stated that this day honors both Yvette Francino and her good friend Craig Dunham.

The date was selected as February 26 is Yvette's birthday.

A few websites call this a "National" day. This is incorrect, as the creator calls it "Carpe Diem Day " on her website. We found no presidential proclamation or act of Congress making this a true national day.

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