The 2019 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 Almanac also says that Groundhog Day is on February 2 this year. 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, possibly until May 2. If the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, then spring is right around the corner. 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.

The birthstone for February is Amethyst.

The flowers associated with this month are the Violet, which lets someone know you’ll always be there for them, and the Primrose which lets someone know that you can’t live without them.

Two zodiac signs for February are Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) and Pisces (February 19 - March 20).

2019 is not a leap year so it’s 28 days long. If it was a leap year there would be 29 days on the calendar. You can figure out if it’s going to be a leap year or not by seeing if the year is divisible by four. If it is then the month will be 29 days long and you will need to wait one day longer for March. The simple reason for leap year is that the earth revolves around the sun in approximately 365.25 days, and so to make sure that a calendar year is the same, there needs to be an extra day added every 4 years. Next year will be a leap year.

In the Southern Hemisphere it is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere.

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.

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