The shortest month of the year, February can be challenging. While many look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and participating in winter sports, others may be struggling with the blues.
Millions of us living in Canada and United States like to join in the fun and anticipation surrounding Groundhog Day (February 2nd), hoping our respective groundhogs will predict an early spring.
Here are 10 interesting facts about February…
1. 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. The next leap year will be 2020.
2. The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification.
3. February has been designated as Black History Month, American Heart Month, Chocolate Lover’s Month, National Bird Feeding Month, and National Dental Month.
4. The symbols of February include the amethyst (birthstone) and primrose (flower).
5. People born between February 1st and February 18th were born under the star sign of Aquarius while those born later in the month are under Pisces. Aquarians are considered to be original and progressive thinkers with strong humanitarian instincts, while Pisces are often very compassionate and artistic.
6. The Super Bowl, the largest American sporting event of the year, is held in February. The game is scheduled to be played on February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
7. Family Day is observed on the third Monday of February in Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. Family Day was created to give people time to spend with their families. It also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart. Popular Family Day activities include skating, playing hockey, snowboarding, skiing, and attending winter festivals. In 2019, Family Day falls on February 18th.
8. February’s full moon is commonly known as the Full Snow Moon in Native American cultures. The ancient tribes named this moon after the way trees cracked in the cold, or how people had to sit shoulder to shoulder around the fire for warmth. The Full Snow Moon is also known by more sinister names, such as the Bone Moon. In 2019, the full moon occurs on February 19th.
9. The following historical figures were born in February: Rosa Parks, February 4, 1913; Laura Ingalls Wilder, February 7, 1867; Thomas Edison, February 11, 1846; Charles Darwin, February 12, 1809; Galileo Galileli, February 15, 1564; George Washington, February 22, 1732.
10. This quotation, from Much Ado About Nothing, is the only time February is mentioned in a Shakespearean play: “You have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness.”