. February is the second month of the year in the
Julian and Gregorian calendars.
. Was named after the Latin term februum, which
means purification. The Romans held their celebration
of purification ceremony in February.
. The birth for this month is Viola and the Primrose
. February's birthstone is the amethyst.
. It is International Mother Language Month.
. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the seasonal equivalent
August in the Northern Hemisphere.
. In Shakespeare's time about 400 years ago, the second
month of the year was called 'Feverell'. In Issac Newton's
time one hundred years later it had become 'Februeer'. The
modern name, February, is only about a hundred years old.
. Shrove Tuesday marks forty days before Easter. The forty
days are supposed to be a time of quietness and fasting.
Shrove Tuesday (sometimes called Mischief Day) was the
last day before Lent, so it was the last day for fun and food
for a long time.
. The flower of the month is the iris which is Greek for rainbow.
The iris represents faithfulness, wisdom and hope.
. An alternate flower for February is the violet. It represents
faithfulness, modesty and virtue.
. Anglo-Saxon call February Solmonath (mud month) and
Kale-monath (cabbage month).
Have a great February my dear friends.