Do you know that February was once the last month of the year.
Interesting isn't it? How then did the last Feb & Jan BECOME THE
The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum,
which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on
February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar.
January & February were the last two months to be added
to the Roman calendar, since the
Romans originally considered winter a
monthless period. They were added by Numa Pompilius about 713 BC.
February remained the last month of the calendar year until the time
of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC), when it became the second month. At
February was truncated to 23 or 24
days, & a 27-day intercalary month, Intercalaris, was inserted
immediately after February to realign the year with
the seasons. Under the reforms that instituted the Julian calendar,
Intercalaris was abolished, leap years occurred
regularly every fourth year, & in leap years February gained a 29th day.