At the start of February, it’s still winter and sometimes it snows, but at the end of the month, it looks like spring. The days are longer and it gets dark at 5 o’clock or later. There are flowers in the garden, such as snowdrops, crocuses and early daffodils.
There are usually only 28 days in February but once every four years, there are 29 days. A year with an extra day is called a leap year. Traditionally, February 29th is the only day when a woman can ask a man to marry her.
February 14th in Valentine’s Day. This is a day for romance! People buy cards and gifts for their girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife. You can buy any kind of gift you like but the most popular gifts are probably chocolates, flowers and jewellery. It’s common to have a romantic dinner in a restaurant or at home. Some people love this day but it can be a sad day if you’re single!
Pancake Day is usually in February but it can sometimes be in March. It’s always 47 days before Easter Sunday and the date of Easter depends on the moon. In the past, these 47 days were a time for praying and only eating simple food. The idea was to use up all of the luxury food by making pancakes. Nowadays, people make pancakes just for fun. In England, a lot of people like pancakes with lemon juice and sugar, although some people prefer chocolate spread, jam or fruit.
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