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In both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, February is the second month of the year. In common years, the month has 28 days; in leap years, the month has 29, with the 29th day being known as the leap day. It’s the first of five months without 31 days (the others are April, June, September, and November), and the only one with less than 30.

In the Northern Hemisphere, February is the third and last month of meteorological winter. February is the third and last month of meteorological summer in the Southern Hemisphere (being the seasonal equivalent of what is August in the Northern Hemisphere).

The Roman month Februarius was called after the purification rite Februa, which took place on February 15 (full moon) in the ancient lunar Roman calendar, and was named after the Latin term februum, which means “purification.” Because the Romans traditionally regarded winter to be a monthless time, January and February were the final two months to be introduced to the Roman calendar. Numa Pompilius added them about 713 BC. Until the period of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC), February was the final month of the calendar year, then it became the second month.

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To realign the year with the seasons, February was sometimes shortened to 23 or 24 days, and a 27-day intercalary month, Intercalaris, was periodically introduced directly after February.

Amburbium (exact date unknown), Sementivae (February 2), Februa (February 13″15), Lupercalia (February 13″15), Parentalia (February 13″22), Quirinalia (February 17), Feralia (February 21), Caristia (February 22), Terminalia (February 23), Regifugium (February 24), and Agonium Martiale (February 24) were all February observances in Ancient Rome (February 27). The current Gregorian calendar does not correlate to these days.

Intercalaris was eliminated as part of the Julian calendar changes, leap years happened every fourth year, and February acquired a 29th day in leap years. Following that, it remained the second month of the calendar year, which refers to the sequence in which months are presented in a year-at-a-glance calendar (January, February, March, December).

When the numbered Anno Domini year began on March 25 or December 25, the second month was February whenever all twelve months were presented in order, even in the Middle Ages. The Gregorian calendar revisions introduced a 29-day February and made minor adjustments to the method for identifying which years were leap years.

The Old English words Solmonath (mud month) and Kale-monath (called for cabbage) as well as Charlemagne’s designation Hornung are all historical names for February. The month is named helmikuu in Finnish, which means “month of the pearl,” because when snow melts on tree branches, it creates droplets, which freeze and look like ice pearls.

The month is known as luty or л,и (lyutiy) in Polish and Ukrainian, respectively, and means ice or severe frost. The month is called sechko (секo) in Macedonian, which means “cutting month” (wood). It is known in Czech as nor, which means month of submersion (of river ice).

February is known in Slovene as svean, which refers to icicles or Candlemas. This name comes from the word sian, which was first recorded as svian in the New Carniolan Almanac in 1775 and then modified to its final form in Franc Metelko’s New Almanac in 1824. The name was alternatively spelled sean, which meant “the month of tree cutting.”

The Slovene Society of Ljubljana proposed calling this month talnik (associated to ice melting) in Kmetijske in rokodelske novice in 1848, but it did not catch on. Bla Potonik, a priest, came up with the notion. February was also known as vesnar in Slovene, after the mythological character Vesna.

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