February – Where does the name come from?

February is the shortest month of the year, but if you live in the North, February feels long. It’s very cold!

At the start of the year we learned where January got its name.

The story for February

February is the second month of the year on the calendars of many Western countries. It also has a leap day every 4 years.

(February) has 28 days in common years or 29 in leap years, with the 29th day being called the leap day.


A leap year is a year with an extra day, February 29th, to keep the seasons (Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn) in sync with the months of the year.

Learn why Autumn is also called Fall HERE.

A leap year happens every 4 years. If we didn’t add that extra day the weather of the seasons wouldn’t match our calendar months! Summer in Canada would eventually come in December…

In common years February is the only month that can happen without a full moon. Full moons happen every 29.53 days.

By Tomruen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53147136

The word February comes from the Roman festival called Februa where people were ritually washed.

ritually adverb ​in a special way, especially as part of a religious ceremony

Like the month of January, whose name comes from the god Janus, there is a Roman god called Februus.

But unlike January the month of February is named for the festival Februa and not for the god. (BUT the festival and the god are related…)

I like September. Where I live September is cool and very comfortable and I like Fall fashion. How about you? What’s your favorite month? Why do you like it?
Write your answers in the comment section below.

1 thought on “February – Where does the name come from?”

  1. Violet Rose Ellis

    I love and have the greatest respect for my birth month February, as over the past few years I’ve become very spiritual and believe in healing crystals gemstones protection, so I wear my Amethyst pendant diffuser every day and this helps keep me calm and relaxed throughout a stressful day!!

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