February is a funny month. For us in the North it's still Winter and if you live South it's still boiling hot Summer. It's the 2nd month of year and the shortest; but this year we add one more day which makes this year a Leap Year. Why do we have this every four years?
In a nutshell, it takes the Earth 365 and a quarter days to circle the sun, which is called a year. So every 4 years we need the extra day to stop the calendar from getting out of line with the sun. It actually takes 364 1/4 days for the sun to rotate the earth. So, every four years we throw in an extra day to make up those four quarter days. It actually takes the Earth 365.25 days to orbit the Sun, so an extra day is added every four years to compensate.
You would think this is a month for not a lot to happen but you would be surprised. There are lots of events especially if you have children as well. Here are some of the dates to look out for:
National Storytelling Week1st Feb to 8th Feb 2020
A week for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.
Groundhog Day2nd Feb 2020
US holiday to celebrate the emergence of a Groundhog, which signifies when spring will arrive, apparently.
Safer Internet Day4th Feb 2020
A day to help raise awareness of online safety issues in your home, school, workplace or community, not just on Safer Internet Day but all year round.
World Nutella Day5th Feb 2020
A day dedicated to enjoyment of this most popular of chocolate and hazlenut spreads.
St. Valentine's Day14th Feb 2020
The annual celebration of love is the day when we take the opportunity to tell the people we love just how much they mean to us.
Pancake Day25th Feb 2020
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins, when people would traditionally use up all their fat and eggs by making pancakes.
There are loads more special days, for example Harry Potter Book night on 6th Feb, Charles Darwin day 12th Feb, Fair-trade Fortnight from 24th Feb and of course a chance for the ladies to propose on 29th Feb (although that does seem a little old fashioned now)
My special day is 26th February as it was the day my eldest daughter came into the world. She will be 19 and will be celebrating with University friends.
What happens when you have a baby born 29th February? Do you celebrate the birthday every year on either side of this date or do you go every 4 years and celebrate a 1st birthday the first leap year after it is born? I would love to hear from people who have this experience?
I'm feeling a little generous here, but if you have a baby born 29th February this year, I am offering a FREE mini newborn session!! All I need is proof of birth on this day.
In the meantime, I am doing my second mini newborn session this month and bookings are now open. One lucky family will also win a lovely Mummy's Notebook Journal for them to write and talk about their baby's first year.
If you have any other interesting facts about February, comment below as I would love to hear these. I'm off to find my frying pan and start practising my flip with the pancakes. And if you are celebrating St. Valentines Day, what are you going to do?
Whatever happens this month, stay warm (if in Northern Hemisphere) or stay cool (Southern Hemisphere) and enjoy as it is still the shortest month of the year and March is not far off.