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February, unique month

We shared our customs and traditions in February. For some people it is the third month of winter, for some - summer. Some people celebrate the New Year. So we had a chat about it in the cozy society.

We had quizz together about February and afterwards discussed various weird and interesting facts. You can read all the questions below and check yourself!

  1. Inventor Thomas Edison, born on February 11th, 1847, said "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99%...
    1. luck"
    2. hard work"
    3. obsession"
    4. frustration"
    5. perspiration"
  2. On February 20th, 1962, who became the first American to orbit the Earth?
    1. Alan Shepard
    2. John Glenn
    3. Buzz Aldrin
    4. Neil Armstrong
    5. Jim Lovell
  3. What country successfully launched a satellite into orbit on February 11th, 1970, making it the world's fourth space power?
    1. France
    2. Korea
    3. Japan
    4. Cuba
    5. Iraq
  4. February is named for the Latin term februum, which means?
    1. short
    2. festivals
    3. love
    4. purification
    5. cold
  5. In ancient Rome, where was February located on the calendar?
    1. First
    2. Second
    3. Middle
    4. Last
    5. Eleventh
  6. Maslenitsa in 2015  has dates: February 16–22. Do you know what it is and where it comes from?
  7. In Chinese mythology one can see the name Nian. What event does this name connected to and who is it?
  8. This person was born February 24 in 1955. He is world wide-known. Who is he and what did he make?


  1. Inventor Thomas Edison, born on February 11th, 1847, said "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration"
  2. On February 20th, 1962, who became the first American to orbit the Earth? John Glenn
  3. What country successfully launched a satellite into orbit on February 11th, 1970, making it the world's fourth space power? Japan
  4. February is named for the Latin term februum, which means? Purification

The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar.

  1. In ancient Rome, where was February located on the calendar? Last

January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period.

  1. Maslenitsa in 2015  has dates: February 16–22. Do you know what it is and where it comes from?

Maslenitsa (also known as Butter Week, Crepe week), is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. Maslenitsa corresponds to the Western Christian Carnival. Maslenitsa has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is bliny (pancakes or crepes)

  1. In Chinese mythology one can see the name Nian. What event does this name connected to and who is it?

According to tales and legends, the beginning of the Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn't attack any more people. One day a villager decided to get revenge of the Nian. A god visited him and told him to put red paper on his house and to place firecrackers. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red. When the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again.

  1. This person was born February 24 in 1955. He is world wide-known. Who is he and what did he make?

Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.  Jobs cofounded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar.

 

By Anna Piterskaya
Published Feb. 28, 2015 2:46 AM - Last modified Feb. 28, 2015 2:46 AM