Facts about February
In both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, February is the second month of the year. The month has 28 days in regular years and 29 days in leap years, with the 29th day being known as the leap day. It is the first of five months without 31 days and the only one with fewer than 30 days.
The month of February derives from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse,” and was named after the Roman Februalia, a month-long festival of purification and atonement held around this time of year.
February is the only month that is less than 30 days long! Although February is normally 28 days long, it is 29 days long in leap years such as 2020 and 2024.
January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (circa 713 BC); winter was originally considered a month-less period.
Originally, February was designated as the final month of the calendar year. Eventually (around 450 BC), February was promoted to the position of second month.
The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins on February 1. The Year of the Tiger is upon us!
The full Moon in February reaches maximum illumination at 11:59 a.m. On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. EST.
Groundhog Day is on February 2nd, and we find out whether winter will last six more weeks or end sooner.
Every year, February has between 28 and 29 days. The 29th day occurs only once every four years during leap years.
Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th. The 16th President of the United States was born in a one-room log cabin with a dirt floor, measuring 16×18 feet.
According to National Weather Service data, February is the snowiest month in the United States on average.
Susan B. Anthony’s birthday is February 15th.
When Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar and assigned the month 28 and 29 days, the length of February was finalized. February was officially added to the Roman calendar in 713 B.C.
The 15th of February is National Flag Day in Canada!
Your birthstone is amethyst and your flower is primrose if you were born in February.
Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday also known as Washington’s Birthday, is observed on the third Monday of February.
Aquarius, which is in effect until February 19th, and Pisces, which is in effect until February 20th, are the western zodiac signs in February.
The month of February gets its name from the Latin word “februum,” which means “purification.”
In Welsh, February is sometimes referred to as “y mis bach,” which translates as “little month.”
Of all the words that can be misspelled, February is one of the most commonly mistyped in the English language. Even the White House has previously misprinted the word “February” in a press release!
For over 40 years, February has been designated as Black History Month.