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Interesting Things About the Month of February

Margaret Minnicks has been writing for HubPages for a long time. She is an expert about a variety of subjects she writes about.

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February: A Unique Month

February follows January that has 31 days and comes before March that also has 31 days. Therefore, the shortest month of the year is sandwiched in between two long months. February is the only month on both the Julian and Gregorian calendars with only 28 days. During a leap year, the month has 29 days. Because it has only 28 days during a common year, it has no full moon because full moons occur every 29 and a half days.

A leap year comes every four years. There was a leap year in 2016 and in 2020 with 366 days in the year and 29 days in February. Those who were born on February 29 won't be able to do it again until 2024.

February is a unique month. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there are a lot of things to celebrate during the month.

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February Is Black History Month

February is known as "Black History Month" where African Americans are recognized for their contributions to the world.

Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The Netherlands was added to the list in 2016. The United Kingdom holds its observance in October.

President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month in 1976. He encouraged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Presidents of the United States have issued national decrees every year since 1976. There is a new theme for each Black History Month.

While Black History Month seems to be a good thing for the majority of African Americans, not all people believe having a month dedicated to Blacks is a good thing. Black actor and director Morgan Freeman and actress Stacey Dash have criticized Black History Month. Freeman said, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history." Freeman argued that there is no White History Month. That's because white people do not want their history reduced to just one month in the year.

There is some truth to Freeman's viewpoint because when there is a Black History Month, there is a limitation of when Blacks are designated to be honored. Blacks and everyone else should be respected, loved and honored every single month of the year.

Events In February

DateHoliday or Celebration

February 2

Groundhog Day

February 4

World Cancer Day

February 7

Super Bowl LV

February 12

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

February 14

Valentine's Day

February 17

Presidents' Day

February 22

George Washington's Birthday

February 14 Is Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14 no matter what day of the week it falls on. People love celebrating Valentine's Day even though it is not a public holiday in any country.

There are many traditions associated with love and romance. The average amount people spend on Valentine's Day is between $18 billion and $20 billion. A consumer is expected to spend about $150 on cards, gifts, dinner and other romantic things.

Some traditional things people do on Valentine's Day include the following:

  • Give flowers, usually red roses
  • Give candy, usually chocolates
  • Send Valentine's Day cards
  • Go out to dinner
  • Exchange romantic gifts

Adults love to receive gifts that usually come in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine's Day. Even school children exchange cards and give candies to their classmates on February 14, especially if it falls on a school day.

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Presidents' Day

Two United States Presidents were born in February. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, and George Washington was born on February 22. Presidents' Day is not celebrated on the same date every year. They are celebrated on the third Monday to give workers a day off. Both presidents' birthdays are celebrated on Presidents' Day on February 17, 2020. The official legal holiday is celebrated between the two birthdays when all federal organizations and offices are closed.

Every year, there are big sales surrounding Presidents' Day. Many shoppers head to the malls to grab the bargains. After all, it is the first major shopping day since Christmas.

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Other February Observances

There are other observances during the month of February that should also be noted. For instance, February is American Heart Month when people are made aware of heart diseases and what can be done to prevent heart attacks. February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month and National Library Lover's Month.

Things To Buy In February

Some of the things that are best to buy in February include the following:

  • Bedding
  • Broadway tickets
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • GPS units and audio equipment
  • HDTVs and home theater
  • iPads and tablets
  • Tools

Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 01, 2017:

Thanks, MsDora, for reading and commenting on my article about February. I intend to write an article about each month.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 01, 2017:

Thanks for reminding us of the many events which make February interesting. I may have forgotten the religious days. Your article is an informative read.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 01, 2017:

My oldest sister's birthday is February 23, and my late mother was born on February 25. So February is a special month for me. Enjoy your month, Coffeequeeen!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 01, 2017:

February is a nice month. And I do love Valentines Day. My brothers birthday is also in February. =)

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