Facts about February

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February along with January, was introduced onto the Roman calendar by Numa Pompilous when the calendar was extended from ten months to twelve. The word February comes from the word februs which means cleansing or purification, and reflects the rituals undertaken before Spring.

The Anglo Saxons called it Sol-monath (cake month) because cakes were offered to the gods during that month. February was known as sprout-kale by the Saxons from the sprouting of Cabbage or Kale.

Having only 28 days in a non-leap years it was known in Welsh as y mis bach the little month.

In Shakespeare's time about 400 years ago, the second month of the year was called Feverell In Isaac Newton's time 100 years later it had become Februeer The modern name February is only about 100 years old


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