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Months of the Year

The table below shows the months of the year used in English-speaking countries and many other parts of the world. The list shows the order of the months, starting from January (month 1).

The abbreviations or short forms shown are the most common, but other abbreviations are possible, for example: Ja./Fe./Ma. or J./F./M.

The days column shows the number of days in the month. All months have 30 or 31 days, except for February which has 28 days (29 in a leap year).

Every fourth year, the month of February has 29 days instead of 28. This year is called a "leap year" and the 29th day of February is a "leap day". A leap year has 366 days instead of the usual 365. Most years that can be cleanly divided by four are leap years. 2016, 2020 and 2024, for example, are leap years.

  Month Short Form Days Season
1 January Jan. 31 Winter
2 February Feb. 28/29
3 March Mar. 31 Spring
4 April Apr. 30
5 May May 31
6 June Jun. 30 Summer
7 July Jul. 31
8 August Aug. 31
9 September Sep. 30 Autumn
10 October Oct. 31
11 November Nov. 30
12 December Dec. 31 Winter

The seasons are approximate and depend on latitude. Some parts of the world have only three seasons. The seasons shown here are for the North Temperate Zone (for example North America). In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed.

Listen and learn - Jonathan Taylor sings the Months of the Year Song, with sub-titles:


Months of the Year Song OR It's Been a Year (since you broke my heart)

Next: Writing the Date

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