Februalia aka February -- Some Very Interesting Facts About It

The month of February is here, which is the shortest month of the year, and there's a ton of things to know about it. I stumbled upon almanac.com 's "February facts and celebrations" page and was mind-blown at the history of this crazy month.

For instance, did you know that the word February comes from the Latin word februa , which means “to cleanse”? The Roman Februalia, celebrates a month-long festival of purification and atonement. In the U.S. we generally lock ourselves indoors as much as possible and wait out the winter!

There's a ton of holidays in February, including Groundhog Day (Feb 2nd), Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th), President's Day (Feb 18th), as well as nationally celebrated birthdays that include: Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12th), Susan B. Anthony (Feb 15th), and George Washington (Feb 22nd).

February used to be the last month of the calendar year. In 450 BC, it was moved to be considered the 2nd month in the calendar, giving December the 'last month of the year' honors. That was awfully nice!

People born on February 29th technically only see their birthday every 4-years because of leap year. Next year in 2020 the leap year babies will have their next chance to celebrate officially!

There's a ton more really cool facts about "February" here , and totally worth taking a look at. You might want to do it right now since the month will be over before we know it.

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