E STORY BEHIND THE MONTH: FEBRUARY
With Gloria Mwaniga.
This month derives its name from the word februare, to purify, or from Februa, the roman festival of expiation, which was celebrated through the latter part of this month.
In ordinary years there are 28 days in February but in a leap year 29.
February is the second month of the year, and also the shortest month.
In the northern half of the world, February is a very cold month. There are usually sunny days that show spring is not too far off. The Southern hemisphere usually enjoy midsummer weather during February.
Feast Days in Feb:
Feb 2. Candlemas day
The Roman Catholic Church celebrates February 2 as Candlemas day.
The candles used in the church during the rest of the year are blessed on February 2.
Feb 2: Ground Hog’s Day:
The second day of February is often referred to as ground hog’s day:
The old stories told are that the ground hog comes out of its burrow on February 2, to look for its shadow. If there is sunshine and he sees his shadow, then he goes back to sleep and there will be more winter time. If he doesn’t, then the spring time will begin. This is a superstition.
Feb 14: Saint Valentines Day.
Probably Cute fat baby Cupid’s best day ever.
A holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named saint Valentine . It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards. The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged cupid .
Feb 24: Saint Mathias Day.
In Christianity, after Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, two disciples Joseph, called Barsabas and Matthias were selected to replace him. Lots were cast in favor of Mathias thus he joined the eleven. He died in AD 80 and his death was caused by beheading.
The Feast Day of Saint Mathias is February 24th.It is a day specially designated to commemorate his life and celebrate his entrance into heaven.
The third Monday in February is President’s day. George Washington, Ronald Reagan, William Henry Harrison and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays were in February.
Literary Chronicles of February:
British novelist Charles Dickens was born February 7, 1812.
English composer George Fredric Handel was born February 23, 1685.
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis born February 7, 1885.
James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet, born 1882
John Ruskin, English essayist and critic, born 1819.
Jules Verne, French novelist, born 1828.
James Russell Lowell, American poet, born February 22, 1819.
Political Chronicles of February:
Mwai Kibaki, the President of Kenya, wept in public when a poor child, sponsored by the Equity Foundation, narrated the story of her life.
By the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,MexicogaveNew MexicoandCaliforniato theUnited States, February 2, 1848.
The last German troops surrendered in the Stalingrad pocket, completing the Soviet Union’s victory atStalingrad, during World War II, 1943.
Philippines’ Rebellion against theUnited Statesbegan, 1899.
Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II ofGreat Britain, February 6, 1952.
France surrendered Canada to Great Britain by the Treaty of Paris.