Why are there only 28 days in February?


Sophia Bruce and Hannah Metzger

The month of February has 28 days.

Do you ever wonder why there are 30 or 31 days in every other month, but only 28 days in February?  Lots of people always wonder about this. There’s an answer to this, so you won’t have to question your assumptions.   

Numa Pompiliu was the original person who wanted it to only be 28 days. 

Now there is leap day, most commonly there are only 28 days in February. The Julian Calendar added a little more than 10 days to each year, making each month either 30 or 31 days long, except for 

February. For the entire year, there are 365.25 days. 

One day was added to February every four years, now known as a “leap year.” February is left with 28 days.  February 29, is a date that occurs every four years. 

This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure because the earth does not orbit the Sun evenly in 365 days.  Each month in the modern Gregorian calendar consists of at least 28 days. While every month besides the second in the calendar contains at least 30 days, February falls short with 28 (and 29 on a leap year). So why is the most widely used calendar in the world so inconsistent in the lengths of its months? And why is February stuck with the fewest number of days? Blame it on Roman superstition. And to sum it all up, Rome just wanted February to have 28 days because it is easier to have 28 days. And it all comes together as 365 days.

                                                                     Riddle Time !

                                                              What month has 28 days?

                                                                            All of them!