130302 Cakes and Kale

For this month’s round-up of internet contributions to Bridge Club we are indebted in the main to ikba.co.uk, and various Facebook groups. Thanks to one and all.


 http://projectbritain.com/year/february.htm tells us this –


The Romans and the Celts regarded February as the start of spring.

February, along with January, was introduced onto the Roman calendar by Numa Pompilous when the calendar was extended from ten to twelve. The word February comes from the word ‘februa‘ – which means cleansing or purification, and reflects the rituals undertaken before Spring.

Other names for February

The Anglo Saxons called February ‘Sol-monath’ (cake-month), because cakes were offered to the gods during that month. February was also known to the Saxons as ‘sprout-kale‘ from the sprouting of cabbage or kale.

Having only 28 days in non-leap years, February was known in Welsh as ‘y mis bach‘ – the little month.

In Shakespeare’s time about 400 years ago, the second month of the year was called ‘Feverell’. In Isaac Newton’s time one hundred years later it had become ‘Februeer’. The modern name, February, is only about a hundred years old.


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