Today is the feast of St. Blaise. He was a physician and bishop in Armenia in the second century. He was arrested for being a Christian after being discovered in prayer. On the way to prison, he prayed over a child who was choking on a fish bone. The child was healed.
From this, grew the custom of the blessing of the throats on his feast day, February 3.
How common is this custom today? Do any of your pastors bless throats either on this day, or on the Sunday nearest to the feast day? I know some otherwise reluctant priests will bless throats if the parishioners ask for it to be done.