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The Origins of February

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Did you know that the name "February" originated from the Roman festival Februa or Februatio, which took place on the fifteenth day of the Roman month? In Latin, the word Februare means purifying with water and is associated with the rainy weather ushering in spring. Therefore, the festival of Februa was dedicated to ritual purification. Februa was a time set aside for spring cleaning. In the spirit of this ancient festival, you can find books at the library to assist with your own spring cleaning and ritual purification. If you would prefer to do something a little less strenuous in honor of this festival, you can read about the customs Rome.


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