Some facts about the month of February:
- February was named after the ancient Roman purification ritual ‘Februa’.
- Until 713BC, the Romans had no names for January and February, on the grounds that the winter months did not deserve them.
- Until Julius Caesar’s changes in 45BC, February was the only month with an even number of days.
- ‘February’ is an anagram of ‘bare fury’ (if you are feeling angry) or ‘bury fear’ (if you are brave)
- In Old English, February was called ‘Solmonath’ (mud month) or ‘Kalemonath’ (cabbage month).
- ‘February’ is an anagram of ‘bare fury’ (if you are feeling angry) or ‘bury fear’ (if you are brave).
- February is the only month that can pass without a full moon. This last happened in 1999 and will next happen in 2018.
- Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare’s only play naming February: “You have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness.”
- Because of calendar change, Sweden and Finland had 30 days in February in 1712.
- In the French Republican calendar introduced in 1793, the month from about January 21 to February 19 was called ‘Pluviose’ meaning ‘rainy’.
- The US White Pages phone directory lists 57 people with the surname February. Of all months, only September (also 57) has so few.