About the Month of February

February is the 2nd month of the year and has 28 or 29 days. The 29th day is every 4 years during leap year.

Season (Northern Hemisphere): Winter

Holidays and Special days in February:

1 National Freedom Day

2 Ground Hog Day

3 The Day the Music Died – Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.

5 National Weatherman’s Day

5 Superbowl Sunday – Superbowl 51 date varies

8 Boy Scout Day – celebrates the birthday of scouting

11 National Inventors Day

12 Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

14 National Organ Donor Day

14 Valentine’s Day

15 Singles Awareness Day

20 President’s Day – third Monday of month

22 George Washington’s Birthday

23 Tennis Day

26 Oscar Night – date varies

29 Leap Day – not again until 2020, once every four years

Symbols of February:

Birthstone: Amethyst

Flower: Primrose

Zodiac signs: Aquarius and Pisces


February was added to the Roman calendar in 713 BC. The length of the month changed over time and, at one time, it had as few as 23 days. When Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar, the month was assigned 28 days during normal years and 29 days during leap years which occurred every four years.

February in Other Languages

Chinese (Mandarin) – èryuè

Danish – februar

French – février

Italian – febbraio

Latin – Februarius

Spanish – febrero

Historical Names:

Roman: Februarius

Saxon: Sol-monath

Germanic: Hornung

Fun Facts about February

It is the shortest month of the year.

The Welsh call February “y mis bach” which means “little month”.

It is the third month of winter.

In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August.

The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification.

Together with January, it was the last of the months added to the Roman calendar.

The largest American sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is held in February.

The Saxon term for the month, Sol-monath, means “cake month”. This is because they offered cakes to the gods during this month.


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