Have you ever wondered why February is called February?
It's named after Februus, the Roman god of purification. Originally from Etruscan mythology, he lives in the Underworld and was also the god of the dead. Februus was later promoted to King of the Underworld and changed his name to Pluto (Plutoary any one?). Celebrations of purification date back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia. In fact, instruments of purification are known as februa.
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