# Where do the months come from?

## Where do the months come from?

Here’s one last fact – the word ‘month’ itself is related to the moon. It originally measured how long it took for the moon to complete a cycle around the earth, so ‘moon’ and ‘month’ come from the same root.

How were days in a month decided?

The ancient Romans, like ancient civilizations before them, based their concept of the month on the Moon. Julius Caesar modified the Roman calendar in 46 B.C. to make each month have either 30 or 31 days, with the exception of Februarius, which had 29 days and gained an extra day every fourth year.

### Why does FEB have 28 days?

But, in order to reach 355 days, one month had to be an even number. February was chosen to be the unlucky month with 28 days. To account for the entire 365.25 day-long year, one day was added to February every four years, now known as a “leap year.” During most years, this left February with just 28 days.

Which is the longest month?

January is the longest month of the year. This feeling, however, on the surface at least makes no sense. Several months in the year have 31 days in them. If any month should be made fun of for how long it lasts, it should be February.

## Why do FEB has 28 days?

February’s 28 days date back to the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius. Before he became king, Rome’s lunar calendar was just 10 months long. But, in order to reach 355 days, one month had to be an even number. February was chosen to be the unlucky month with 28 days.

Why is Feb the shortest month?

There’s a rumour that the reason why February is the shortest month of the year is because another king named Augustus Caesar stole a day from February to add to the month named after him — August. However, the real reason February is shorter begins with the fact that the first calendar was only 10 months long.

### What are the shortest months?

Have you ever wondered why February is the shortest month of the year? If you take a look at your calendar, you’ll notice that February only has 28 days while the other months have 30 or 31 days.

Who is the god of February?

Februus, for whom the month of February is named, was a god associated with both death and purification. In some writings, Februus is considered the same god as Faun, because their holidays were celebrated so closely together.