12 Months of the Year, In Order

Illustration of a simple monthly calendar with a handwritten "month" title, against a gradient background transitioning from light blue to yellow.

This page indexes essential information about each month of the year — including their number order, total days, and abbreviations.

And of course, because we’re Good Good Good, we’ve also included a breakdown of awareness days, positive quotes, and good news stories correlated with each month.  

A chart with the months of the year in order, arranged in four rows with three columns each, displaying the names January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December in bold capital letters.

Months in Order

The names of the twelve months in order are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December.

Each month’s abbreviation is based on AP style — where each month is abbreviated into 3 or 4 letters — except for March, April, May, June, and July, which are still fully spelled out. AP style recommends only using abbreviations for specific dates (e.g. Sept. 21) — but not for references to the full month.

Some people simply abbreviate each month using the first three letters.

All months have 30 or 31 days — except for February, which has 28 days (or 29 days during a leap year).

# Month Abbreviation Days
1 January Jan. 31
2 February Feb. 28/29
3 March March 31
4 April April 30
5 May May 31
6 June June 30
7 July July 31
8 August Aug. 31
9 September Sept. 30
10 October Oct. 31
11 November Nov. 30
12 December Dec. 31

Below is the same information, in a visual graphic. You can also download a printable PDF of this graphic for free.

An educational chart showing the months of the year, their corresponding numbers, abbreviations according to AP style, and the number of days in each month. The chart is organized into four columns labeled from left to right as #, MONTH, AP ABBREVIATION, and DAYS. It lists January to December, starting with January as 1 and ending with December as 12, noting that February has 28 or 29 days. The background is yellow at the top, with each row alternating between white and grey, and the text is primarily dark blue.

Month-Related Resources


January is the first month of the year — when many people set New Year’s resolutions. The month spans 31 days.


February is the second month of the year. It’s notable for having fewer days — 28, or 29 in a leap year.


March, the third month of the year, ushers in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. This month has 31 days.


April, the fourth month of the year, continues spring in the Northern Hemisphere, often characterized by rain and wind. It has 30 days.


May is the fifth month of the year, the last month of the season of spring, and has 31 days.


June, the sixth month of the year, brings the start of summer and warmer days to the Northern Hemisphere. It consists of 30 days.


July — the seventh month and the start of the year’s second half — is known for summer vacations in many regions. It lasts 31 days.


August is the eighth month of the year. It’s often the hottest month in the Northern Hemisphere — and is a prime time for summer activities. This month also has 31 days.


September is the ninth month of the year — and signals the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. It has 30 days.


October has 31 days and is the tenth month of the year. It continues the autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere.


The eleventh month of the year, November, sees cooler weather in the Northern Hemisphere. It has 30 days.


December, the final and twelfth month of the year, brings winter to the Northern Hemisphere. This month has 31 days and contains the shortest day of the year.

More month-related resources: All Awareness Holidays | Heritage Months | Awareness Months | International Days | Social Media Holidays

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