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February: Interesting Things About the Month

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks loves sharing interesting things with her readers.

February: A Unique Month

According to the Julian and Gregorian calendars, February is the second month of the year following January.

February is a unique month. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there are a lot of things to celebrate in the month. February has only 28 days except in a leap year, it has 29 days. With the extra day, it still has fewer days than the other 11 months.

Something else about February is that it is the only month that it usually doesn't have a single full moon like the other months. The last time February had a full moon was in 1999. The next time February will have a full moon is in 2018.

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Carter G. Woodson
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George Washington Carter

February Is Black History Month

February is known as "Black History Month" where African Americans are recognized for their contributions to the world.

Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to remember African Americans for their contributions to the world. The month is celebrated in the United States and Canada in February but in the United Kingdom in October.

While Black History Month seems to be a good thing for the majority of African Americans, not all people believe having a month dedicated to Blacks is a good thing. Black actor and director Morgan Freeman and actress Stacey Dash have criticized Black History Month. Freeman said, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history." Freeman argued that there is no White History Month. That's because white people do want their history reduced to just one month.

Events In February 2017

February 2
Groundhog Day
February 4
World Cancer Day
February 5
Super Bowl
February 12
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
February 12
Grammy Awards
February 14
Valentine's Day
February 20
Presidents' Day
February 22
George Washington's Birthday
February 28
Mardi Gras
February 28
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

February 14 Is Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14 no matter what day of the week it the 14th falls on. People love celebrating on Valentine's Day even though it is not a public holiday in any country.

Things people do on Valentine's Day:

  • Take their lovers out to dinner
  • Exchange romantic gifts
  • Send flowers, mostly roses
  • Exchange Valentine's Day cards.

Presidents' Day

Two United States Presidents' birthday are in February. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, and George Washington was born on February 22. Both presidents' birthdays are celebrated on Presidents' Day on February 20. This is a federal holiday, and all federal organizations are closed.

There are usually sales surrounding Presidents' Day.

Religious Days In February

Shrove Tuesday is on February 28, and Ash Wednesday is on March 1. Lent is from Wednesday, March 1 through Thursday, April 13, 2017, leading up to Easter on Sunday, April 16.

Things To Buy In February

Some of the things that are best to buy in February include the following:

  • Bedding
  • Broadway tickets
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • GPS units and audio equipment
  • HDTVs and home theater
  • iPads and tablets
  • Tools

Riddle: Which month has 28 days?

Answer: All of them.


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      Margaret Minnicks 11 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, MsDora, for reading and commenting on my article about February. I intend to write an article about each month.

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      Dora Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for reminding us of the many events which make February interesting. I may have forgotten the religious days. Your article is an informative read.

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      Margaret Minnicks 11 months ago from Richmond, VA

      My oldest sister's birthday is February 23, and my late mother was born on February 25. So February is a special month for me. Enjoy your month, Coffeequeeen!

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      Louise Powles 11 months ago from Norfolk, England

      February is a nice month. And I do love Valentines Day. My brothers birthday is also in February. =)