Looking for facts about February 2017? This is a short month so let’s celebrate all February has to offer!
Bleak o’er the plain the winds do blow,
Hurls round and round the powder’d snow:
Of purest white the show’r descends,
And all its horrors winter pends.
February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement. See all the month names.
Holidays and Fun
- February 2 is Groundhog Day. How did this quirky date get started? Find out the meaning of Groundhog Day.
- The 12th is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. The 16th president of the United States was born in a one-room, 16x18-foot, log cabin with a dirt floor. Do you like Abe?
- The 14th is always Valentine’s Day. Today, the holiday is celebrated with love, flowers, and chocolate. Who WAS St. Valentine?
- February 15 is Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday. How much do you know about this women’s right leader?
- Presidents’ Day is on Monday, February 20. George Washington’s birthday falls two days later on the 22nd. However, did you know George was actually born on the 11th? Find out why on our Presidents’ Day page.
- February ends with Mardi Gras on the 28th this year! Let’s celebrate! Check out our Mardi Gras page.
February’s full Moon, the Full Snow Moon, occurs on the 10th, at 7:33 p.m. EST.
See the Moon Guide for February for dates, times, facts, folklore, and more.
February 10: A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur between 5:32 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. EST. It will be visible in North America. See our Eclipses page.
Recipes for the Season
Get cozy this month with a cut of real hot chocolate—with marshmallows, of course!
Ready for football food? See our Super Bowl Dip Recipes —including spinach dip, guacamole, hummus, nacho layer dip, salsa and more!
For Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered our favorite sweets and treats and romantic dinner ideas, too. See Valentine’s Day recipes.
New! Are you a chocolate lover? If so, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a dip into decadence. See our best chocolate dessert recipes.
This is month to plan your garden! We’ll give you advice on how to space your plans and more! Try our Almanac Garden Planner for your best harvest yet. We’re offering a free 7-day trial.
Start onions from seed now. They’ll be ready for setting out in April. Onions from seed are generally firmer and longer lasting than from sets.
Start parsley indoors now. You may think you have successfully wintered over the plant, but it is a biennial and will soon go to seed.
Looking for the best days to quit smoking, prune trees, garden, wean babies, cut hair, lose weight, and more? See our Best Days by the Moon’s Sign.
February’s Zodiac Signs
Aquarius: January 20–February 19
Pisces: February 20–March 20
February’s Birth Flower
Even though so many roses are sold during February due to Valentine’s Day, the Violet and the Primrose are the symbolic flowers.
- The violet signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Give a violet to someone to let them know that you’ll always be there for them.
- The primrose lets someone know that you can’t live without them.
Like the violet, February’s birthstone is a purple color. It’s the beautiful amethyst.
- This gem is a form of quartz; it can range from a pale lilac color to a deep, rich purple.
- The name is based on a Greek myth that speaks of a nymph named Amethyst who was inadvertently turned into white stone; in remorse, the Greek god Bacchus poured wine over her to turn her a beautiful purple.
- The amethyst was thought to prevent intoxication and keep its wearer thinking sharply. It was worn by English royalty in the Middle Ages.
Folklore for the Season
Married in February’s sleety weather,
Life you’ll tread in tune together.
If February give much snow,
A fine summer it doth foreshow.
Fogs in February mean frosts in May.
If Candlemas Day [February 2] be mild and gay
Go saddle your horses, and buy them hay
But if Candlemas Day be stormy and black,
It carries the winter away on its back.
It is better to see a troop of wolves than a fine February.