February is the second and shortest month of the year and the third and last month of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere.. It takes 29 days in leap years and 28 days in other years. The years with 29 days in February are called leap years and it comes every four years.February has its characteristics. The last leap year was 2016, and the next one is 2020, so in 2020 there will be 29th day of February!
WHAT DOES FEBRUARY MEAN TO US?
The word February comes from the Latin word Februarius, from Latin februare meaning to “purify” or “expiate.” In ancient Rome, Februarius was the “Month of Purification” and great celebrations were being organized to welcome February.
We can say that this “purification” means the same today in different aspects. The rush of the holidays was already left behind in February and we finally see the pieces of sun and begin to open our windows slowly. Because February is the time for the first breaths of fresh air. And, by this time of year, the pressure of New Year’s resolutions is gone and the flow of life begins to become smoother. We begin to see the effects of our healthy new year decisions and celebrate ourselves for achieving our goals in February. It seems much easier to proceed this way.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF FEBRUARY?
January and February were added to the Roman calendar by Numa Pompilius about 713 BC. February remained the last month of the calendar year until the time of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC) when it became the second month.
At the time passes, February was shortened to 23 or 24 days, and a 27-day intercalary month, Intercalaris, was inserted immediately after February to change the year with the seasons. Under the reforms that instituted the Julian calendar, Intercalaris was removed, leap years occurred regularly every fourth year, and in leap years February became 29 days. Thereafter, it remained the second month of the calendar year, meaning the order that months are displayed (January, February, March, …, December) within a year-at-a-glance calendar. The Gregorian calendar reforms made slight changes to the system for determining which years were leap years and thus contained a 29-day February. The purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar.
HOW CAN I PRINT A CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY 2020?
If you have a February calendar, you may easily manage your day-offs and upcoming events in this month. By using blank February 2020 calendar, you definitely will become more targeted and readier for attending more invitations as you haven’t been before. After downloading your February 2020 calendar, you can save it in PDF or JPG format on your computer or you can easily print it through a printer attaching with your computer. If you want to take a look at the special days of the last month, you can download the January 2020 calendar, if you want to plan next month in advance you can download and print the March 2020 calendar.
WHAT ARE THE 10 FACTS ABOUT FEBRUARY?
- The Welsh call February “y mis bach” which means “little month”.
- It was the last month added to the calendar because Romans considered winter as a “monthless” period of time.
- February, March, and November are month twins! The three months always start on the same day as the week, unless February has a Leap Year. During Leap Years, February has a month-twin of August.
- It is the shortest month of the year.
- In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August.
- The largest American sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is held in February.
- It is the only month of the year that can pass without a full moon.
- The Saxon term for the month, Sol-monath, means “cake month”.
- The birthstone for February is amethyst. The birth flower is the violet or iris. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst protected the wearer from drunkenness.
- The Americans have trouble with the word February. In 2015, a press release from the White House consistently spelled it as “Feburary”.
WHAT ARE THE US HOLIDAYS IN FEBRUARY 2020?
|February 1, 2020||Saturday||National Freedom Day 2020|
|February 2, 2020||Sunday||Groundhog Day 2020|
|Super Bowl 2020|
|February 4, 2020||Tuesday||Rosa Parks Day 2020|
|February 7, 2020||Friday||National Wear Red Day 2020|
|February 10, 2020||Monday||Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2020|
|February 12, 2020||Wednesday||Lincoln’s Birthday 2020|
|February 14, 2020||Friday||Valentine’s Day 2020|
|Statehood Day 2020|
|February 15, 2020||Saturday||Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday 2020|
|February 16, 2020||Sunday||Elizabeth Peratrovich Day 2020|
|February 17, 2020||Monday||Presidents’ Day 2020|
|Daisy Gatson Bates Day 2020|
|February 21, 2020||Friday||Maha Shivaratri 2020|
|February 25, 2020||Tuesday||Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras 2020|
|February 26, 2020||Wednesday||Ash Wednesday 2020|
|February 28, 2020||Friday||Linus Pauling Day 2020|
PRESIDENTS’ DAY IN THE UNITED STATES (THIRD MONDAY OF FEBRUARY)
President’s Day, formally Washington’s Birthday, is a federal holiday observed in the United States on the third Monday of February annually. It is a day that celebrates all U.S. presidents (past and present) specifically George Washington (born on February 22), the first President of the United States.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF PRESIDENTS’ DAY?
The history of President’s Day dates back to the year 1800, following the death of President George Washington in 1799. His birthday on February 22 became a significant day of remembrance. Washington is always recognized as the most important figure in American history.
Initially, President’s Day was called Washington’s Birthday. The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays.
HOW TO CELEBRATE PRESIDENTS’ DAY?
Traditionally President’s Day is viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance. Many patriotic and historical groups stage celebrations, re-enactments and other events to highlight this holiday. Schools in several states are required to spend the days (leading up to Presidents’ Day) teaching students about the accomplishments of United States’ presidents, specifically focusing on the lives of Washington and Lincoln.
Presidents’ Day 2020 is on Monday, February 17th. If you want to attend the observations, do not forget to put a special mark on this day on your February 2020 calendar with holidays.
WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY FROM 2015 TO 2025?
|Year||Date||Day of the week|
|Presidents’ Day 2015||February 16, 2015||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2016||February 15, 2016||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2017||February 20, 2017||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2018||February 19, 2018||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2019||February 18, 2019||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2020||February 17, 2020||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2021||February 15, 2021||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2022||February 21, 2022||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2023||February 20, 2023||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2024||February 19, 2024||Monday|
|Presidents’ Day 2025||February 17, 2025||Monday|
VALENTINE’S DAY (FEBRUARY 14)
Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday that celebrates and honors St Valentine and to express appreciation and love to dear ones.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF VALENTINE’S DAY?
Historically, Valentine’s Day is believed to be originated in Europe and said that it is brought to North America in the 19th century by British settlers. It is firstly celebrated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring saints named Valentinus.
There are several stories were told associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14. The most famous one of them says that Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were agonized under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a last farewell.
HOW TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY?
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing their love and appreciation for their loved ones. This is a great time and chance to prove your true deep love to your partner. Some people prefer a romantic dinner in a nice restaurant, while others may choose to propose or get married on this day. On Valentine’s Day, it is traditional for valentines to give each other roses, greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers. Some may consider Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to plan a romantic vacation to have a few days getaway.
If you have a partner, it is not a good option to forget this day, isn’t it? So, do not take any risk and mark this day on your February 2020 calendar in advance and just wait silently!
WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK DO VALENTINE’S DAY FALL ON BETWEEN 2015-2025?
|Year||Date||Day of the week|
|Valentine’s Day 2015||February 14, 2015||Saturday|
|Valentine’s Day 2016||February 14, 2016||Sunday|
|Valentine’s Day 2017||February 14, 2017||Tuesday|
|Valentine’s Day 2018||February 14, 2018||Wednesday|
|Valentine’s Day 2019||February 14, 2019||Thursday|
|Valentine’s Day 2020||February 14, 2020||Friday|
|Valentine’s Day 2021||February 14, 2021||Sunday|
|Valentine’s Day 2022||February 14, 2022||Monday|
|Valentine’s Day 2023||February 14, 2023||Tuesday|
|Valentine’s Day 2024||February 14, 2024||Wednesday|
|Valentine’s Day 2025||February 14, 2025||Friday|
GROUNDHOG DAY (FEBRUARY 2)
Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to the tradition, if it is cloudy when the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil emerges from its burrow on this day then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF GROUNDHOG DAY?
The first observation of Groundhog Day occurred in 1886 in Punxsutawney. Over the years, several other locations have begun using their groundhog, including General Beauregard Lee of Atlanta, Dunkirk Dave of Dunkirk, New York, and Jimmy of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
In 2018, Phil the Groundhog, saw his shadow, suggesting six more weeks of winter. However, the average temperature across the contiguous U.S. in February was above average, and March recorded slightly above-average temperatures, meaning the U.S. saw an early spring. Based on data from 1887 to 2018, Punxsutawney Phil is more likely to see his shadow. Phil has seen his shadow 104 times, with no shadow 18 times.
If you want to learn the weather prediction of Phil, just put a mark on February 2nd on your February 2020 calendar and watch the news on that day!
WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK DO GROUNDHOG DAY FALL ON BETWEEN 2015-2025?
|Year||Date||Day of the Week|
|Groundhog Day 2015||February 2, 2015||Monday|
|Groundhog Day 2016||February 2, 2016||Tuesday|
|Groundhog Day 2017||February 2, 2017||Thursday|
|Groundhog Day 2018||February 2, 2018||Friday|
|Groundhog Day 2019||February 2, 2019||Saturday|
|Groundhog Day 2020||February 2, 2020||Sunday|
|Groundhog Day 2021||February 2, 2021||Tuesday|
|Groundhog Day 2022||February 2, 2022||Wednesday|
|Groundhog Day 2023||February 2, 2023||Thursday|
|Groundhog Day 2024||February 2, 2024||Friday|
|Groundhog Day 2025||February 2, 2025||Sunday|
In conclusion, February is known as the Purification Month since the ancient Roman era but is also a transition period. So, the meaning and symbolism of February will also have a sense of transition. There is a change in the weather at this time of year and we can see this change at some festivals and holidays this month. Even though the effect of the winter season continues, we start to blink in the spring. All these reasons create opportunities for us to be more planned and active. We may have a February 2020 printable calendar to keep our diary, note important events, or record events to which we will participate. Therefore, just as we suggested for January 2020, it is a great idea to have a useful February 2020 calendar to enjoy this beautiful month as well as possible. Don’t try to keep everything in mind, download your February 2020 calendar and relax!