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:
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
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.