The Month of February 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore Everything You Should Know About February

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What do we celebrate in February? What is February famous for? It’s a leap year this year, so let’s celebrate all that this longer-than-usual February has to offer! Here’s the short list of holiday happenings.

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.

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.
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.

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Important Dates in February 2020
This month is packed with holidays and history. This year, it even has an extra day!

February 2 is Groundhog Day—the day we find out whether winter will last six more weeks or call it quits early.
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.
February 15 is Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday. How much do you know about this women’s right leader?
February 15 is also the National Flag of Canada Day!
February 17 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 25 is Mardi Gras (aka “Fat Tuesday” or Shrove Tuesday), which is the final feasting day before the Christian tradition of Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday.
February 29 is a Leap Day. This is the extra day that’s added to our calendars every four years (with some exceptions) to ensure that our seasons and calendars don’t drift out of sync!

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 Night Sky: The Full Snow Moon

February’s full Moon, the Snow Moon, reaches peak fullness at 2:34 A.M. EST on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Look skyward on Saturday night to catch the best view of this full Moon!

Source: Old Farmer's Almanac

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