Considering February is the shortest month of the year, it sure does have a lot of holidays!
Chinese New Year
National Freedom Day
My son’s birthday
Black History Month
American Heart Month
Chocolate Lover’s Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Dental Month
Some fun facts about February:
- February is named after the purification ritual Februa, which was a sort of early Roman spring cleaning festival.
- In Old English, February was called Solmonath (Mud month) or Kale-monath (Kale or cabbage month).
- February frequently occurs in lists of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.
- The Americans have trouble with the word February too – last year, a press release from the White House consistently spelt it as Feburary.
- Much Ado About Nothing is the only Shakespeare play that mentions February.
- Before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform of 45BC, February was the only month with an even number of days. All the rest had 29 or 31.
- February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. The last time this occurred was in 2018 and prior to that was 1999.
- In the USA, the largest American sporting event is held in February, the Super Bowl.
- The birthstone for February is amethyst. The birth flower is the violet or iris.
- The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst protected the wearer from drunkenness.