Monthly Archives: February 2016

How did the month of February get its name? Ancient Rome and the second month of the year.

Jerry Anderson   February 4, 2016   Comments Off on How did the month of February get its name? Ancient Rome and the second month of the year.

February gets its name from the ancient Roman festival of fertility and purification called “Februa.” The festival of “Februa” emphasized atonement and the need for purification to bring about good fortune and fertility. The Romans were a very superstitious people, and in ancient times February was the first month of the year. It made sense to them to have a… Read more »

WHY IS IT CALLED A “BLAZER”? AND WHY IS THE BEST ATHLETIC TEAM AT A SCHOOL CALLED THE “VARSITY”?

admin   February 1, 2016   Comments Off on WHY IS IT CALLED A “BLAZER”? AND WHY IS THE BEST ATHLETIC TEAM AT A SCHOOL CALLED THE “VARSITY”?

In the late 19th century, Cambridge University was one of the most eminent schools in England. The  sons of the rich and wealthy went there for their educations. Besides attending to their studies, students at Cambridge engaged in sporting activities which were offered for their health and entertainment. One of the most popular sports was competitive rowing (“sculling”). The members… Read more »