Today I am doing something a little out of the ordinary.
You may have heard of the website On This Day, a website that lists important events, people, etc. that happened on a specific day. There are lists for every day of the year, including February 29th. If you have not checked out the website, you can do so by clicking here.
So I decided to take this idea and do a little spin on it. Instead of what happened today, I will make a monthly post explaining the significance of the month and some interesting facts about it.
On to the post!
February was initially added to the Roman calendar in 713 B.C.E. The length of the month was switched, and at one point, it was only 23 days long. Julius Caesar eventually remade the calendar, and made February 28 days along, but every four years there would be another day added. So, that’s how we got this month!
-February was most likely named after the Roman god Februus, “the purifier” who was also seen as the god of riches and death, at least until the god Pluto replaced Februus
-The birthstone of February is the amethyst
-The flower of February is the primrose
-February is national Black History month, American Heart Month, Chocolate Lover’s month, and, coincidentally enough, National Dental month
I hope you enjoyed this post! A more detailed explanation of the origin of February can be found here.
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Bye for now!