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HAPPY NEW MONTH! Interesting Facts About February.


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

FIRST?

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

certain intervals

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.

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