Happy Leap Day! What already? It’s been Leap Year since January 1st but usually it goes unnoticed until the end of February. Is it due to our crazy busy lives? In some cultures this hasn’t gone unnoticed.
In many culture’s it’s not such a good thing. Did you know in Greece it’s considered bad luck to get married in a leap year – well Greece isn’t having much luck of anything these days so get ready for longer engagements! In China, if you are born in this month during leap year it is already perceved that it will be harder to bring that child up – hard headed and obstinate – aren’t most of us anyway ?
There are some fun facts that I read this morning from another fellow blogger:
- Julius Caesar is said to be the “father of leap year” since he added February 29th as a leap day in the Julian calendar, with the once every 4 years rule. It took another 1500 years (till 1582) for the Gregorian calendar to apply the system we use now;
- Only years divisible by 4 have leap days;
- Leap day is the day when women are allowed to propose to men (though these days most women don’t wait if that’s what they want to do, if you know what I mean). The tradition was for the first time backed up by a Scottish law enacted in 1288. Which although unsubstantiated, it allowed women the right to corner a man with a proposal. Men who refused would have to pay a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress or a pair of gloves. Which would you have preferred;
- Sweden once had an extra leap day, February 30th, in 1712;
- Want to know what day of the week Leap Day will be? It occurs on the same day every 28 years. That means it will be 2040 before Leap Day is on a Wednesday again.
Enjoy your Leap Day, February 29, in this Leap Year! I have to admit, although it’s been a very crazy few weeks, this leap year has been good to me. Make your own success and make this day/year fantastic for you.