Why is February Such a Short Month?

A question came up during dinner a few nights ago: why is February such a short month. You can “search it up,” as my five year old likes to say, on your search engine of choice and get lots of interesting answers. In particular, I like this one from the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Thanks for indulging that rather lengthy quote.

My oldest posited another question: why don’t we just borrow a couple of days from a few 31-day months so February can be a normal month like all the rest?

The calendar as it is today has been that way for more than 2,000 years.

Isn’t it time we let go of superstition and stop persecuting February?

It’s a valid question. What if the year were structured like this:

  • January, February, March, April, October, November, and December would get 30 days
  • May, June, July, August, and September would get 31 days
  • On Leap Year, April would gain a 31st day

In this fashion, all the winter months would be the short months (well, in the Northern hemisphere anyway).

Obviously, there would be the significant hurdle of updating computer systems across the globe to work with the new months. However, we survived Y2K without world markets crashing down around us, so computer programmers should be able to figure it out, right?

Who’s with me? I think it’s time for a movement. #FreeFebruary

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