It’s the time of the month again… grab your coffee (or tea), pull up a chair and give yourself a quick five minutes break and check out these February Fun Facts!
The Welsh call February “y mis bach” which means “little month” due to the fact that it has 28 days, and 29 in a Leap Year.
In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August.
February is named after the Latin word februum meaning purification.
Much Ado About Nothing is the only Shakespeare play that mentions February. In it, he refers to “such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness.”
The birthstone for February is amethyst. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst protected the wearer from drunkenness.
Even though so many roses are sold during February due to Valentine’s Day, the Violet and the Primrose are the symbolic flowers.
FOLKLORE FOR THE SEASON
If February give much snow,
A fine summer it doth foreshow.
In 28 February 1953, two Cambridge scientists announced they had “found the secret of life”. James Watson and Francis Crick had decoded the structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Today we use DNA analysis to ascertain our heritage, heralded advances in molecular biology and solves crimes.
Samuel Pepys was was born on 23 February 1633 in Salisbury Court off Fleet Street in London, England.
Samuel wrote about events in 17th century England including the plague of 1665, the Great Fire of London and Charles II’s coronation and some of the key figures, including Sir Christopher Wren and Sir Isaac Newton.
The three months – February, March and November – always start on the same day as the week, unless February has an Leap Year. During Leap Years, February has a month twin of August!
February is the only month in the year that sometimes doesn’t have a full moon. February 1865 and 2018 were two of these months.
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day takes place in February heralding the beginning of Lent. It always takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday so the date changes date each year.
Famouses born in February include the basket ball playing Michael Jordan, the Apple guru Steve Jobs, the inspirational activist Rosa Parks, our FRIEND Jennifer Aniston, and and the acting sensation Elizabeth Taylor!
Until next time…