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Have you ever stop and wondered why February only has 28 days, except for
every four years (leap years) and then it has 29 days? Why didn't it just
have 30 days?

There are two legends for the answer to these questions.

Legend one has it that the Romans were the first ones to make up a
calendar. Their calendar is very similar to the one we use today, except
the first ones supposedly didn't even include the month of February. In
fact, the first ones actually only included ten months which added up to
304 days.

This legend goes on to say, that King Numa Pompilius was the one who added
the months of January and February. But even then the year only added up to
355 days and 12 lunar cycles. This made the solar year still short by 10 to
11 days. To help rectify the situation King Pompilius then added the month
that was known as Mercedinus.

This new calendar was closer than the first one. But it still didn't work
perfectly with the lunar cycle. Julius Caesar decided to ignore the
calendar. He got rid of the month of Mercedinus. He also gave February 28
days except for every four years in which it would have twenty nine days.
Thus, this calendar exactly made up


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** February **

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*February* (Listen^i/ˈfɛbjuːˌɛri/ or
/ˈfɛbruːˌɛri/ /*FEB*-ew-*ERR*-ee/ or /*FEB*-roo-*ERR*-ee/)
is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It
is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month
has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years.

February is the third month of meteorological winter in the Northern
Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent
of August in the Northern Hemisphere (which is the third month of summer),
in meteorological reckoning.

February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common
years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February
ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day
of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only
month that ends on the same weekday it begins.


· 1 History
· 2 Pronunciation
· 3 Patterns
· 4 Events in February
· 5 February Symbols
· 6 See also
· 7 References
· 8 Further reading
· 9 External links


February, from the /Très riches heures du Duc de Berry/
/February/, Leandro Bassano


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