Why is February the shortest month of the year?

The leap year, during which February has 29 days as in 2016, occurs only one time in a four-year span

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Ever wondered why February is the shortest month in the calendar? It is also the only month to be affected by the leap year which contains an additional day to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.

A common year has 365 days and a leap year 366 days, with the extra, or intercalary, day designated as February 29.

Originally the month of February never existed. On the old Roman calendar, there were only 10 months in a year. Apparently, the Romans did not like the cold Winter period and hence left it blank and nameless.

Later, the calendar was revised to 12 lunar cycles totaling 355 days and January and February were added, with February becoming the last month of the year.

How did February become the shortest month? During Julius Caesar’s time, the calendar was aligned with the solar cycle, which amounted to 365 days.

February which was at the top of the calendar ended up with 28 days in a common year, which occur three times in a four-year period.

The leap year, during which February has 29 days as in 2016, occurs only one time in a four-year span.

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