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February

The Second Month Of The Year

February is named after the Latin term, Februum, which means purification and Februa which is a purification ritual held on February 15 in the old Roman calendar. Tradition has it that Augustus, the Roman emperor, took one day off to add one day to August, the month named after him.

According to the Georgian and Julian calendars, February is the second month of the year, and also the shortest month. February has 28 days, but every 4 years it has 29 days, which is called a leap year. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins.

In the northern hemisphere, February is one of the coldest months with winter frost and freezing temperatures. It also brings snow and sleet in many places. In the southern hemisphere, it's just the opposite. February is the middle of summer with hot and balmy weather.

February holidays include National Freedom Day, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lunar New Year.

February Birthstone: The birthstone for February is Amethyst. When cut, polished and shined, they are some of the most beautiful of gemstones.

February Birth flower: The traditional birth flower for the month of February is the violet.

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