Celebrate the month of FEBRUARY! We bring you seasonal advice, holidays, history,recipes, gardening tips, Moon dates, folklore, and more!
On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill.
—Christina G. Rossetti
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.
On the 14th is Valentine’s Day. Today, the holiday is celebrated with love, flowers, and chocolate. Learn more about St. Valentine.
This year, George Washington’s Birthday (observed) falls on the 15th. Read more about Washington’s Birthday.
The year 2016 brings a Leap Day! This event happens every four years on February 29. Read why we have Leap Year and how it works.
February’s full Moon, the Full Snow Moon, occurs on the 22nd, at 1:20 p.m. EST.
There is no last quarter Moon in February 2016!
See the Moon Guide for February for dates, times, facts, folklore, and more.
Recipes for the Season
Get cozy this month with a cut of real hot chocolate—with marshmallows, of course!
Ready for the Superbowl? See our Best Dip Recipes —including cheese 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 decadance. 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: Violet or Primrose
- 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.
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.