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 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