Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Good bye to February

At the start of February we hinted that we would write about why February has only 28 days. Well, we're doing that now. Of course, no one can be 100% sure of the facts, but the generally accepted history is February became a month some 3,000 years ago. Since the people of the time were mainly agricultural, nothing much happened in the winter months. But with only 10 months, the months didn't "line up" with the lunar year, so January and February were added. Working on a 355 day year (close, but not quite), and trying to give each month an odd number of days (even being unlucky), one month was stuck with 28. Which was February, since nothing much happened in that month anyhow.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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