February 2022-- Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore The Month of February February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement that took place this time of year Did you know:
* February is the only month to have a length of fewer than 30 days! Though it’s usually 28 days, February is 29 days long in leap years such as 2020 and 2024. * January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (c. 713 BC); originally, winter was considered a month-less period. * Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year. Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the second month.
February 1 marks the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Tiger!
February 2 is Groundhog Day—the day we find out whether winter will last six more weeks or call it quits early. How did this quirky tradition get started?
February 12 is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. The 16th president of the United States was born in a one-room, 16x18-foot, log cabin with a dirt floor.
February 14 is always Valentine’s Day. Heads up, lovebirds! Today, the holiday is celebrated with love, flowers, and chocolate, but how did this holiday get its start?
February 15 is Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday. How much do you know about this women’s right leader?
February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day!
February 21 brings Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday also known as Washington’s Birthday that is celebrated on the third Monday in February. (George Washington’s actual birthday is February 22!)
February 22 February 22, 1732 George Washington celebrates his birthday this month.
All February February is African-American History Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
February's Birth Flower Even though so many roses are sold during February due to Valentine’s Day, the Violet and the Primrose are the symbolic flowers. The violet signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Give a violet to someone to let them know that you’ll always be there for them. The primrose lets someone know that you can’t live without them.
February's Birthstone Like the violet, February’s birthstone is a purple color. It’s the beautiful amethyst. This gem is a form of quartz; it can range from a pale lilac color to a deep, rich purple. The name is based on a Greek myth that speaks of a nymph named Amethyst who was inadvertently turned into white stone; in remorse, the Greek god Bacchus poured wine over her to turn her a beautiful purple. The amethyst was thought to prevent intoxication and keep its wearer thinking sharply. It was worn by English royalty in the Middle Ages.
February’s full Moon reaches peak illumination at 11:59 A.M. EST on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Look skyward on that night to catch the best view of this full Moon! It’s known as the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in February. Other traditional Native American names for this Moon include the Eagle Moon (Cree), Raccoon Moon (Dakota), and Hungry Moon (Cherokee).
Zodiac Signs for February: Aquarius (January 20–February 19) and Pisces (February 20–March 20) Mercury’s first retrograde period of 2020 lasts from January 13 to February 3.
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