Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Put A Ring On It

Wikipedia defines "leap year" as a year containing one additional day  in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected.

So what does all that mean?  Every four years, we get an extra day - today, Feb. 29.  I think it's pretty cool, since this day won't be around again until 2016. 

I did a little research and discovered the Leap Year tradition.  You might already know about the tradition if you've seen the movie Leap Year, but as you all know, I do NOT like romantic comedies, so this was news to me.


Tradition goes that today, Feb. 29, is the official day that women can propose to men.

As the story goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap years began in 5th century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the fair sex having to wait for men to propose. Patrick finally relented and set February 29 aside as the day set aside allowing women the right to ask for a man's hand in marriage.

The tradition continued in Scotland, when Queen Margaret declared in 1288 that on February 29 a woman had the right to pop the question to any man she fancied. Menfolk who refused were faced with a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress or a pair of gloves given to the rejected lady fair.  (got my info here.)

Interesting to say the least.  So ladies, the clock is ticking!  Get out there and get your man!


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2 comments:

  1. I had no idea either. Very interesting! I personally think the extra day should entitle us to a day off work!

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  2. I guess if I already have a man, I have an extra day to love him!

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