February is placed in the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar. It is the shortest month of the year with 28 days in common and 29 days during leap years. The name ‘February’ derived from the Latin word Februum, meaning purification because the month was considered as a time for purifying. The month of February was added and positioned after the January by Numa Pompilius around 700 BCE for creating a standard lunar year of 355 days in the calendar. February became the second month of the year around 450 BCE, although it was the last month of the year in the old Roman calendar.
Raising Awareness of Cancer and Celebrating the Advent of a Leading Social Networking Site
World cancer day was marked on February 4 by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to meet up the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary aim of this day is to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.
On this very day, Mark Zuckerberg launched a social networking site called ‘Facebook’. Thus, the 4th of February is also recognized as the birthday of Facebook.
Commemorating Darwin’s Contribution in Promoting Science
The 12th of February is recognized as the birth anniversary of Charles Darwin around the world. This day is highlighted to commemorate Darwin’s contribution to science and his immersion in promoting it.
Celebrating the Unique Power of Radio
Each year on 13th February, the UNESCO celebrates the World Radio Day as a sign of remembering the unique power of radio in educating people, providing information and promoting freedom of expression across cultures. This day highlights the role of radio in connecting lives and bringing people together across every corner of the globe.
Highlighting the Need to Tackle Social Issues
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 20th February as the World Day of Social Justice. This day is observed to recognize the essentiality in promoting exertions to tackle issues of poverty, elimination and unemployment.
Promoting the Awareness of Language and Cultural Diversity
First announced by UNESCO and then formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, the international mother language day held on February 21 to being celebrated every year to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world.
Honoring Raman for Establishing Ram Effect in India
The 28th of February is observed as the national science day all over India. This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm to honor the efforts of the Indian physicist, Shri Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman in developing the Raman Effect in India on the very day in the year 1928.