10 Facts about February which is a month that is mostly recognized for Valentine’s Day, and for being the shortest, and coldest month of the year.
There’s a lot of history behind this month of romance and love, as well as how February became the shortest month of the year.
10 Facts About February
#1 Birthstone and Flower
If you were born in February, your birthstone is an amethyst and your flower is violet and primrose.
The name of February comes from the Latin word “februum” which means purification.
The Saxons called February “Sol-monath” which means “cake month” because they would offer cakes to the gods during February.
In Welsh, February is sometimes known as “y mis bach” which means “little month.”
Over time, the length of the month kept changing. At one point, it had as little as 23 days.
The length of Feb. was finalized when Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar and assigned the month 28 days and 29 days.
In 713 B.C., February was officially added to the Roman calendar.
#4 Most Misspelled Month
Of all the words you can misspell, February is one of the most misspelled words in the English language.
Even the Obama White House has misspelled the month in a press release!
#5 No Full Moon For You
Feb. is the only month where it’s possible to go the entire time without having a full moon.
March, November, and February always start on the same day of the week unless it is a leap year.
#6 It’s A Longshot
The odds of being born on February 29th are about 1 in 1,461.
Those born on a leap day can be called a “leaper” or “leapling.”
#7 Celebrating Black History
February has been Black History Month for over 40 years.
Black History Month which is also known as African-American History Month, has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada.
More recently, Black History Month has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
If your baby is born before February 19, they’ll be an Aquarius, a sign associated with intelligence, independence, and quirkiness.
For those born on Feb. 19th or later), they’re Pisces, a sign known for being kind, compassionate, and easygoing.
Capricorns are practical as well, taking things one step at a time and being as realistic and pragmatic as possible. Those with a Capricorn zodiac sign are extremely dedicated to their goals, almost to the point of stubbornness. Those victories sure smell sweet, though, and that thought alone will keep Capricorns going.
Aquarians are visionaries, progressive souls who love to spend time thinking about how things can be better. They are also quick to engage others in this process, which is why they have so many friends and acquaintances. Making the world a better place is a collaborative effort for Aquarians.
#9 Space Shuttle “Columbia”
Sadly, on Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle “Columbia” broke apart in flight, which killed all seven crew members.
The accident was believed to be a result of damage that occurred during lift-off. The tragedy occurred only 16 minutes before the shuttle was scheduled to land.
#10 That’s Amore
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on Feb. 14.
The history of Valentine’s Day—and the story of its patron saint—is shrouded in mystery.
We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.
But how did it start?
According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl—possibly his jailor’s daughter—who visited him during his confinement.