February: Birthdays, Birthstone, Gift Ideas and More
Welcome to February!
Here are some facts why February is a month to love:
The second month of the year usually has 28 days. However, every four years we experience a leap year. When that occurs, February has 29 days.
This year (2020) IS a leap year! 🥳
If you're wondering why we bother with leap years at all, it's astronomically necessary to keep our seasons in synch with our calendars.
Our (Gregorian) calendar happens to be 365 days in length; meanwhile, it takes the Earth slightly longer to orbit the sun (365.25 days).
By adding an extra day every 4 years, it keeps the difference in check. Otherwise, over time, seasons would keep changing and it's already hard enough to know whether it's okay to wear shoes after Labor Day. (Just kidding! 🤣)
February Birthstone and Birth Flower
The birthstone for February is Amethyst, which highlights its purple color and is believed to promote a balanced mindset to the wearer as this stone serves as a protection from drunkenness.
February has two birth flowers: crocuses and primroses. Crocuses symbolize faithfulness, modesty, and loyalty. Primroses, on the other hand, is a symbol for young love. Give primroses to your significant other, and remind your loved ones of your loyalty with a bouquet of crocuses!
The Zodiac Signs of February
There are two zodiac signs that are associated with the month of February. People who are born from January 20 to February 18 are Aquarians, while Pisces are those that are born from February 19 to March 20.
The zodiac symbol for Aquarius is the water bearer, which is represented as the mystical healer that gave water upon the land. The spirit color of this zodiac sign is sky blue (which is very similar to the color of water).
Those born under the sign of Aquarius are considered unique as they are very enigmatic and independent. Here are some of the traits Aquarians have:
- A strong sense of social justice
- Want to make the world a better place
- Don’t like labels
- Believe in the nature of evolution and change
- Very intellectual and analytical, which can be mistaken as being aloof
- Show deep passion and enthusiasm in getting things done
- Very idealistic
Pisces’ color is may be indigo or light green. This zodiac sign is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. Pisces are deeply intuitive and overly sensitive. Here are some of the traits they possess:
- Have strong gut reactions
- Can easily judge a person or situation
- Gets along well in small circles of people
- Has a very active imagination
- Shows creativity through art and music
- Has a strong sense of right and wrong
Famous February Birthdays
Given the intelligence and intellect that both Aquarius and Pisces possess, it is not surprising to know that many brilliant people celebrate their birthday in February. Since people born in February are also very artistic and creative, you can find the names of musicians and artists that are very popular today.
Living February Birthdays include:
February 1st - Harry Styles, singer
February 6th - Rick Astley, singer
February 7th - Chris Rock, comedian
February 10th - Chloe Grace Moretz, actress
February 11th - Jennifer Aniston, actress
February 17th - Paris Hilton, hotel heiress
February 22nd - Drew Barrymore, actress
February 23rd - Emily Blunt, actress
February 26th - Michael Bolton, singer
Deceased February Birthdays include:
February 3, 1874 - Gertrude Stein, author
February 6, 1911 - Ronald Reagan, president
February 7, 1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, author
February 11, 1846 - Thomas Edison, inventor
February 12, 1809 - Charles Darwin, scientist
February 15, 1564 - Galileo Galilei, physicist
February 22, 1732 - George Washington, first U.S. president
February 27, 1932 - Elizabeth Taylor, actress
How to Use Famous Birthdays as A Gift Idea
If you have no idea of what to give your loved ones or colleagues, you may take inspiration for good gift ideas from birthdays of famous people!
- Know the person’s birthdate.
- Look for their "birthday twin", a person who has the same birthday as they do.
- Think of a gift that they will love, which is their birthday twin can also relate.
- Write a down to inform them about the connection.
For example, let’s say your sister’s birthday is on the 11th of August and she is quite interested with television series and shows.
Consider giving a gift inspired by Jennifer Aniston, her birthday twin. Perhaps a cozy sweatshirt to cuddle up and watch TV?
To give context and to make your present more special, you can slip down a note saying:
“Two beautiful are celebrating their birthdays today: Jennifer Aniston and you. I hope this gift will remind you that I’ll be here for you, as the opening song of FRIENDS goes. Enjoy your birthday!”
Here are some holidays you may be looking forward for the month of February:
February 1 - National Freedom Day
February 2 - Super Bowl
February 14 - Valentines Day
February 17 - Presidents’ Day
February 26 - Ash Wednesday
Famous Quotes about February
“Though, February is short, it is filled with lots of love and sweet surprises.”
Charmaine J. Forde
“One of the major dangers of being alone in February is the tendency to dwell on past relationships. Whether you're daydreaming about that 'one that got away,' or you're recalling the fairy tale date you went on last Valentine's Day, romanticizing the past isn't helpful - nor accurate.”
“Writing 'February' made me realize that breaking form is a way of letting the song be human.”