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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
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February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to
have a full moon.
Before 2002, Super Bowl Sunday was held the last Sunday in
January, but since 2002 it is more commonly held the first
Sunday of February.
"The word February is believed to have derived from
the name 'Februa' taken from the Roman 'Festival of Purification'.
The root 'februo' meaning to 'I purify by sacrifice'. As part
of the seasonal calendar February is the time of the 'Ice
Moon' according to Pagan beliefs, and the period described
as the 'Moon of the Dark Red Calf' by Black Elk. February
has also been known as 'Sprout-kale' by the Anglo-Saxons in
relation to the time the kale and cabbage was edible."
The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term
februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual
Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman
calendar. January and February were the last two months to
be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally
considered winter a monthless period.
They were added by Numa Pompilius about 713 BC. February
remained the last month of the calendar year until the time
of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC), when it became the second month.
At certain intervals February was truncated to 23 or 24 days,
and a 27-day intercalary month, Intercalaris, was inserted
immediately after February to realign the year with the seasons.
Under the reforms that instituted the Julian calendar, Intercalaris
was abolished, leap years occurred regularly every fourth
year, and in leap years February gained a 29th day. Thereafter,
it remained the second month of the calendar year, meaning
the order that months are displayed (January, February, March,
etc) within a year-at-a-glance calendar.
Even during the Middle Ages, when the numbered Anno Domini
year began on March 25 or December 25, the second month was
February whenever all twelve months were displayed in order.
The Gregorian calendar reforms made slight changes to the
system for determining which years were leap years and thus
contained a 29-day February.
The original 10 month, 304-day Roman calendar didnít work
for long because it didnít align with the seasons. King Numa
Pompilius reformed the calendar around 700 BC by adding the
months of January (Ianuarius) and February (Februarius) to
the original 10 months, which increased the year's length
to 354 or 355 days.
After a few hundred years, the 365 day Julian calendar was
introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC and replaced the Roman
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"The day is ending,
The night is descending;
The marsh is frozen,
The river dead.
Through clouds like ashes
The red sun flashes
On village windows
That glimmer red."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Afternoon in February
The most serious charge which can be brought against New
England is not Puritanism but February.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
biting chills, and
white snow fluffed hills
Valentines day, oh how gay!
presidents' day is coming our way.
February, sweet and small, greatest month of all."
- Eric Lies - 28 Word Poem for February
February In Pop Culture History
Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, came about because
of a German superstition. They thought if a hibernating animal
cast a shadow on February 2nd that winter would last for another
six weeks. If there was no shadow, spring would come early.