So leap year doesn’t come around but every four years and for many of us it’s just another year with an extra day. Until I wrote this blog I never really paid attention to all the stories behind the year. So, I figured since I had no clue maybe you’ll like to share in my findings!
What’s obvious is that a leap year contains one or more extra days in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the seasonal year. But did you know that February used to be the last month of the year? And every four years there was an extra 22 day month? Back in the days of Julius Caesar, he ruled that in order to keep all time the same every year he’d just throw an extra month in! Well, as we all know that didn’t last and it was found that the best solution is to add an extra day every four years instead; giving us the format we follow today.
Are you a leap day baby? Apparently the odds of being born on leap day are 1/1,146! With numbers like that be sure that you’re not the only one! If you’re looking for other leap day babies you might want to look into the Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club and the Annual Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Festival. (From what I hear, membership includes a free t-shirt!)
So, this is for the ladies. Ever thought of asking your sweetie to marry you? Well, leap year rules say that this is the only time you’re allowed to propose. Leap year traditions in Scotland in 1288 stated that a woman was allowed to propose to the man of her choice. Though, if the fellow declined he would have to pay a hefty fine—of a kiss! (Or the woman’s choice of affectionate punishment)
Have any other interesting leap year facts? Feel free to add your findings to the comments section. Have fun and Happy Leap Year!