Today is a very special day: it is not only the day on which Christians celebrate Candlemas, or Super Bowl Sunday and Groundhog Day, but the date is also a palindrome, meaning it is the same when read forwards and backwards.
A palindrome is any word, phrase or sequence of numbers that reads the same whether you read it forward or backward, such as “mom,” “race car” or “tacocat.” Famous palindromes include “rats live on no evil star,” “never odd or even” and “a man, a plan, a canal, Panama”, or “A toyota’s a toyota.”
Today It is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, in both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format. At just after 2 a.m., it was 02:02:20 on 02/02/2020.
And this is the only time such a date will occur this century.
The previous palindrome date came exactly 909 years ago on 11/11/1111, in the middle of the Middle Ages, the next will come in 101 years on 12/12/2121 and after that there will not be another until 03/03/3030.
A very rare circumstance, if you think that taking into account only one of the ways to write the dates, those palindrome are many. In September, there were a week of palindrome dates using the US format, if you removed the 20- in the year. There was 9-10-19, 9-11-19 and so on, through to 9/19/19. But of course, these only worked with the US format of MM/DD/YYY.
With DD/MM/YYY format, taking into account only 2020, these are 23 in total, while they will even be 31 the following year.
This year, in addition, the date has fallen on an important day for those belonging to the Christian religion, that of Candlemas. This is the so-called “feast of light”, in honor of Jesus Christ “light of the world”, the day on which for centuries it has been customary to bless candles. Its origin is linked to the Jesus’ presentation in the Temple, that is, its first official public release.
Even today, it is a mandatory event for all male firstborn children born to Jews.