How did February only get 28 days?
Seems unfair, doesn’t it? Every other month in the calendar has 30 or 31 days and February gets a measly 28…at least 2 days shorter than all the other months.
As a child you may have heard this rhyme to help you remember which months had which number of days, too, to remind you that February only had 28 days: Thirty days hath September, April, June and November; February has twenty eight alone all the rest have thirty-one except in Leap Year, that’s the time when February’s Days are twenty-nine.
Nonetheless, it’s always been a bit puzzling to us, so we decided to do some research for you and pass it along. Oddly enough, the answer is way longer than you would think and it’s the subject of this week’s Monday Morning Mojo.
Makes for fun reading and…good trivia for you trivia buffs.
As you may know, there are lots of groups that claimed their own calendars for use in their daily lives. The Romans, Mayans, Aztecs, and Hindi all relied on their own version of how the days, weeks and months of the year should pass.
The gold standard used today is the Gregorian calendar and it is the “gold standard” used for civil purposes almost everywhere.
How the calendar we use today ended up the way it is as we know it is explained very well in this article from Slate online magazine.