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February is the shortest month of the year (even in leap years, when it has 29 days instead of 28), but there are no shortage of interesting facts about it. From weird holidays to astronomical holidays, this month is the best. So with a nod to February it is widely recognized for Valentine’s Day, flowers, and depending on where you are, it’s incredibly cold! – Here are some Fascinating facts we bet you didn’t know about in the second month of the year.

#February falls between 28 and 29 days a year. The 29th day only happens every 4 years during leap.

#In the Northern Hemisphere, February is the third winter month. Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere, February is the last month of summer. Between North and South Hemisphere, February equals to August.

#The most interesting fact about February lies in its odd original name In Old English, February was called Solmonath, sprout-kale, or Kale-monath.

#February is of the most commonly misspelt words in the English language. People used to forget the first “r” in February.

#The name of February comes from the Latin word “februum” which means purification.
Februa was a Roman purification ritual and was considered as early Rome Spring Cleaning Festival. Februs, the Roman god was named after this festival.

#It is one of the mind-blowing fact about February that this is the only month without a full moon. The word ‘moon’ is derived from “moon-th”, meaning one complete cycle of the moon and the length of the moon. The average lunar month is said to be the normal lunar month between the new moons and is 29 days 12 hours 44 hours with only 28 days, or, in the year of leap, 29 days, the month of February is shorter than the lunar cycle.

#The chances of being born on February 29 are 1 in 1,461. Those born on a leap day can be called a “leaper” or “leapling.”

#It is interesting to note that February, March and November are twins months! This means that these three months usually start on the same day of the week unless February has a Leap Year. And in Leap Years, February has twins month of August.

#Valentine’s Day didn’t start with a romantic note. According to one historian, a day similar to “love” may have begun as a pagan festival in ancient Rome. We’ll leave it there, because some details are disturbing.

#Valentine’s Day becomes commercial now-a-days. It is estimated that Americans spend more than $ 18 billion on gifts, chocolates and more on Valentine’s Day.

#Valentine’s Day is not limited to humans. Nearly 9 million people in the U.S. buy their dogs gifts or Valentine’s Day cards.

“February – the month of love..?!!
No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.”
― Dinesh Kumar Biran