February Quotes, Sayings, Poems, Observances, and Fun Facts
For a lot of us, February isn't much more than the shortest (and sometimes dreariest) month of the year. We trudge on, keep our heads down, and hope that it passes us by quickly. But while we're here, why not dig deeper and figure out what the second month of the year is really all about? In this article, I've collected facts, quotes, poems, and notable observances having to do with February. Let's dig in!
- Official Associations
- Fun Facts, Notable Dates, and Trivia
- Quotes and Sayings
- Monthly Observances
- Weekly Observances
- Zodiac Signs: Aquarius (January 21st–February 19th) and Pisces (February 20th–March 20th)
- Birthstone: Amethyst
- Official Flowers: Violet and primrose
- Official Trees: Cypress, poplar, cedar, and pine
Fun Facts, Notable Dates, and Trivia
- The U.S. Supreme Court met for the first time on February 1st, 1790.
- Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809.
- The NFL Super Bowl is usually held on the last Sunday in January, but in 2002, it was held in February for the first time.
- On February 14th, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state to join the Union.
- February is the most misspelled of all the months.
- The U. S. acquired the Florida territory from Spain on February 22nd, 1819.
- On February 8th, 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was executed.
- Sir Frances Drake became the first known Englishman to sail the Pacific on February 11th, 1578.
- On February 10th, 1962, Astronaut John Glen Jr. became the first American to orbit the earth.
- The Boy Scouts of America organization was first incorporated in February in 1910.
- Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth on February 6th, 1952.
- The U. S. Senate ratified the peace treaty ending the Spanish-American War on February 6th, 1899.
- Groundhog Day, which is celebrated on February 2nd, came about because of a German superstition. It was thought that if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on February 2nd, winter would last for another six weeks. If there was no shadow, spring would come early.
Quotes and Sayings
- "The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within." —William C. Bryant
- "February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned." —Hunter S. Thompson
- "February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March." —Dr. J. R. Stockton
- "February makes a bridge, and March breaks it." —George Herbert
- "Gravestone wearing a rosary Christmas! Colour purple dream burning, February's sea." —Sadayo Takizawa
- "February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer." —Shirley Jackson
- "Late February, and the air's so balmy snowdrops and crocuses might be fooled into early blooming. Then, the inevitable blizzard will come, blighting our harbingers of spring, and the numbed yards will go back undercover. In Florida, it's strawberry season—shortcake, waffles, berries and cream will be penciled on the coffeeshop menus." —Gail Mazu
- Groundhog Day: February 2nd
- Valentine's Day: February 14th
- Mardi Gras: February 25th
- Black History Month
- American Health Month
- National Snack Food Month
- Great American Pie Month
- Bird Feeding Month
- Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
- Bake for Family Fun Month
- National Cherry Month
- International Friend Month
- Potato Lovers Month
- International Boost Self-Esteem Month
- Canned Food Month
- National Children's Dental Health Month
- Cat Health Month
- Sinus Pain Awareness Month
- Responsible Pet Owners Month
- National Grapefruit Month
- International Expect Success Month
- Chocolate Lovers Month
- Creative Romance Month
- National Embroidery Month
- National Weddings Month
In addition to its single-day celebrations and monthly observances, February also hosts a number of dedicated weeks. Some of the most well-known and widely celebrated are listed below.
- Burn Awareness Week
- Children's Authors and Illustrators Week
- Woman's Heart Week
- National Patient Recognition Week
- School Counselors Week
- Consumer Protection Week
- International Networking Week
- Jello Week
- Freelance Writer's Appreciation Week
- National Green Week
- Celebration of Love Week
- Sexual Responsibility Week
- Congenital Heart Defect Week
- Flirting Week
- Love Your Pet Week
- International Friendship Week
- PTA Take Your Family to School Week
- Engineer's Week
- Random Acts of Kindness Week
- National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
- Peace Corps Week
- Eating Disorders Week
- Telecommuter Appreciation Week
- Pancake Week
- National Entrepreneurship Week
A number of poems have been written about February over the years. Some are silly, some are serious, and some fall somewhere in between. Here are a few notable pieces having to do with the shortest month of the year.
28 Word Poem for February
Biting chills, and
White snow fluffed hills
Valentine's Day, oh how gay!
President's Day is coming our way.
February, sweet and small, greatest month of all.
Afternoon in February
The day is ending,
The night is descending;
The marsh is frozen,
The river dead.
Through clouds like ashes
The red sun flashes
On village windows
That glimmer red.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
February knows his fortune well,
Even in the bitterness of dawn
Breaking in the coldest hour of hell,
Revealing but the worst that must be borne.
Underneath the ice the passions sleep
Ablaze with all the beauty of their burning,
Rendering a richness that will keep
Yet warm within the cavern of his yearning.
Old Groundhog stretched in his leafy bed.
He turned over slowly and then he said,
"I wonder if spring is on the way,
I'll go and check the weather today.
If I see my shadow between eleven and noon,
I then will know that I'm out too soon.
I'll crawl back in bed for six weeks more,
Pull up the warm covers and snore and snore.
But if no shadow gives me a scare,
I know that spring is in the air,
I'll wake my friends and wish them cheer,
With glorious news that spring is here."