Who doesn't love February? Sure it's still winter but it's so much closer to Spring. Love is in the air with Valentine's Day around the corner. And, if you don't have anyone special in your life this year, and believe me we have all be through that, then celebrate yourself for how fabulous you are!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that the word February means “to cleanse”. In Roman times it was a month-long festival of purification and atonement.
The birthstone for February is the Amethyst:
· This gem is a form of quartz; it can range from a pale lilac to a deep, rich purple.
· The name is based on a Greek myth that speaks of a nymph named Amethyst who was inadvertently turned into white stone; in remorse, the Greek god Bacchus poured wine over her to turn her a beautiful purple.
· The amethyst was thought to prevent intoxication and keep its wearer thinking sharply. It was worn by English royalty in the Middle Ages.
The flower associated with this month is the Violet, which signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Give a violet to someone to let them know that you’ll always be there for them.
Two zodiac signs for February are:
Aquarius (January 20 - February 19) - people born during this time are thought to be deep thinkers and highly intellectual people who love helping others.
Pisces (February 20 - March 20) - people born during this time are thought to be extremely empathetic creatures with a lively imagination
Important February 2020 Dates:
February 2 is Groundhog Day - this is the day that we supposedly find out whether winter will last six more weeks or call it quits early. It traditionally marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Farmers would start thinking about what crops they needed to plant around this time so they tried to forecast whether it would be an early spring or a lingering winter. Sunshine on that day meant the groundhog would see his shadow, and that would indicate the return of winter. "Punxsutawney Phil" has helped make the prediction since 1887. Since his predictions are only accurate 39% of the time, this tradition continues with a wink.
· February 12 is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The 16th president of the United States was born in a one-room, 16x18-foot, log cabin with a dirt floor. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the US economy.
· February 14 is always Valentine’s Day and it is celebrated with love, flowers, and chocolate.
· February 17 brings Presidents Day, a federal holiday also known as Washington’s Birthday that is celebrated on the third Monday in February. (George Washington’s actual birthday is February 22.)
· February 25 is Mardi Gras (aka “Fat Tuesday” or Shrove Tuesday), which is the final feasting day before the Christian tradition of Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday.
February 29 is Leap Day. This is the extra day that’s added to our calendars every four years (with some exceptions) to ensure that our seasons and calendars don’t drift out of sync! We need leap years to keep our modern-day calendar in alignment with Earth's revolutions around the Sun. It takes Earth approximately 365.242189 days, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds, to circle once around the sun. However, our calendar has only 365 days in a year. If we didn't add a leap day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every single year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by around 24 days!
February Month Long Important Celebrations
· February is known as the Black History Month and it’s an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.
- February is also the American Heart Month, which focuses on finding heart-related problems and fixing them.
-The month is also celebrated as the National Chocolate Lovers Month. The entire month has been dedicated to chocolate!
And to go along with all the chocolate candy that is eaten in February, it’s also National Dental Health Month too.
Hope you have a fabulous month!
Source: Excerpts from the Farmer’s Almanac