Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Februar - février - February - febbraio

February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 in the old Roman calendar.

January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, says Wikipedia, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period. They were added by Numa Pompilius about 700 BCE.