Winter months in the Northern Hemisphere start in December and end in February. The official count of days for the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere comes in at 89— it is the shortest season of the year. January and February are typically the coldest months of the year, and February is the month with the fewest number of days. Aside from these informational tidbits, February has a few other fun facts to share.
- The sneaky “r” is often overlooked in the spelling of February making it one of the most frequently misspelled words in the English language. Apparently, in 2015 even officials in the White House misspelled it several times on multiple daily and press schedules.
- Black History Month has been celebrated for over 40 years in the month of February.
- Derived from a Latin term februuum, meaning purification, the word February traces its roots back to a Roman purification ritual that was similar to today’s practice of spring cleaning/organizing.
- February is the only month that can go by without a full moon. The last time there was no full moon in the month was 1999, and the next time will be in 2037!
- If you were born on February 29th, consider yourself lucky: there is only a 1 in 1,461 chance of that happening. People born on February 29th are called “leapers” or “leaplings”.
- Some famous birthdays in February: civil rights activist Rosa Parks, Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley and scientist Charles Darwin.
(Information from kidsworld.com and cateinsuranceagency.com)
Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.