Blame it on the Roman’s

February 27, 2019

 

The years fly by as the saying goes, but February takes the cake.  Why only 28 days?  It’s the Roman’s fault!  Our modern calendar is loosely based on their old, confusing one. 

 

As legend has it, the first king of Rome (Romulus) devised a lunar calendar that was basically 10 months long measuring the time from spring equinox in March through December. 

 

Then the second king, Numa Pompilius, worked to make it more accurate to sync it with an actual lunar year (approximately 355 days).  In order to do this, he tacked on ‘2 months’ after December, giving us January and February.  One had 29 days and one 28.

 

But it still wasn’t quite right.  The calendar didn’t yet account for the time it took for the earth to orbit the sun (i.e. seasons).  Thus, began the very complicated calculation of adding an extra month of 27 days after February 23 every couple of year to even it out.  The pontiffs in charge of that didn’t always hit the mark and were known to skew the calendar in order to give themselves more time off!

 

Fast forward to 45 BC when Julius Caesar commissioned an expert to change from a lunar view to a solar view, much like the Egyptians.  With this they added 10 days to the overall year and threw an extra day onto February every 4 years. 

 

The calendar year now averaged out to 365.25 days which is amazingly close to the actual number of 365.2425.

 

Regardless of the genesis of our current calendar, February has been stuck with its shortness but makes up for it in national holidays.  Take a look at the list below and find something to celebrate.

1 Bubble Gum Day - first Friday of the month

 

1 National Freedom Day

 

1. No Politics Day

 

1 Spunky Old Broads Day

 

2 Candlemas

 

2 Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - first Saturday of month

 

2 Ground Hog Day

 

3 Feed the Birds Day

 

3 Superbowl Sunday - Superbowl 53, date varies

 

3 The Day the Music Died - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.

 

4 Create a Vacuum Day

 

4 Stuffed Mushroom Day

 

4 Thank a Mailman Day

 

5 Chinese New Year - date varies

 

5 National Weatherman's Day

 

6 Lame Duck Day

 

6 National Chopsticks Day

 

7 Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day

 

7 Send a Card to a Friend Day - obviously created by a card company

 

8 Boy Scout Day - celebrates the birthday of scouting

 

8 Kite Flying Day - in the middle of winter!?!

 

9 National Pizza Day

 

9 Toothache Day

 

10 Umbrella Day

 

11 Clean out Your Computer Day - second Monday of Month

 

11 Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day

 

11 Make a Friend Day

 

11 National Inventors Day

 

11 White T-Shirt Day

 

12 Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

 

12 National Lost Penny Day

 

12 Plum Pudding Day

 

13 Get a Different Name Day

 

14 Ferris Wheel Day

 

14 National Organ Donor Day

 

14 Valentine's Day

 

15 Candlemas - on the Julian Calendar

 

15 National Gum Drop Day

 

15 Singles Awareness Day

 

15 Susan B Anthony Day

 

16 Do a Grouch a Favor Day

 

17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

 

18 National Battery Day

 

18 National Drink Wine Day

 

18 President's Day - third Monday of month

 

19 National Chocolate Mint Day

 

20 Cherry Pie Day

 

20 Hoodie Hoo Day

 

20 Love Your Pet Day

 

21 Card Reading Day

 

22 George Washington's Birthday

 

22 Be Humble Day

 

22 International World Thinking Day

 

22 National Margarita Day

 

22 Walking the Dog Day

 

23 International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

 

23 Open That Bottle Night - last Saturday of month

 

23 Tennis Day

 

24 National Tortilla Chip Day

 

24 Oscar Night - date varies

 

24 World Bartender Day

 

25 Pistol Patent Day

 

26 Carnival Day

 

26 National Pistachio Day - it's a nutty day!

 

26 Tell a Fairy Tale Day

 

27 Polar Bear Day

 

27 No Brainer Day - this day is for me!

 

28 Floral Design Day

 

28 National Chili Day

 

28 Public Sleeping Day

 

28 National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22

 

    Leap Day - not this year, not until 2020, once every four years

 

   Winter Olympics begin, Opening Ceremony - not until 2022

 

   Winter Olympics end, Closing Ceremony - not until 2022

 

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