Why Every four years: Leap years help to synchronize our calendar with the earths orbit around the sun. This is because it takes 3651/4 or 365.25 days for the sun to orbit around the sun hence the need for a four year count to make up for 366days.
Leap days were first added to the Julian Calendar in 46BC by Julius Cesar.
Leap Year Proposals: It is believed in some traditions and culture that 29th February is the traditional day for women to propose to men. For example in Finland, Finnish women very in much in-love propose to the love of their lives and if the man refuses he has to make retribution to the brave lady by buying her enough fabric to make a skirt out of. The UK and Ireland also practice this custom but the man doesn’t have to buy anything to placate the woman if he chooses to refuse her marriage proposal.
Leap Year babies and birthdays: People born on the 29th February are referred to as leapers or leaplings and they get to celebrate their birthdays once every four years on the actual date. so i guess today is a big celebration for all leap year babies! Happy birthday…Hugs and kisses. Next year it will be a 28th February or 1st March birthday bash.
Legal attainment for leaplings: In some countries Leap year adults get their drivers license on the 28th February or 1st of March depending on their laws.
Family Generation of leaplings: How would you like to produce 3 generations born on a leap year? Well the Keogh’s family did it. According to a Guinness book world record this family produced three consecutive generations born on the 29th February. It all started with Patric Anthony born on 29th Feb 1940, then his son Peter Eric (1964) and finally his grand daughter Bethany Wealth (1996) Awesome…it will be a family bumper party every four years.
Some famous women born on 29th Feb:
Dinah Shore (1916-1994) – Pop Singer
Hannah Mills- Sailor
Tempest Storm – Movie Actress
Interesting definitions of the word LEAP:
1 – To propel oneself quickly upward or forward according to the free Dictionary
2- To make a large jump or sudden movement from one place to the other. (Cambridge Dictionary)
3 – To spring through the air from one point or position to the other.
4- It also means jump
My point of view:
Take a Leap- Move from that spot
Take a jump over that thing that separates you from your next destination.
Be courageous and bold to take that step
If you must move to a new position or go to your next level, you must take a LEAP!
Photo Credit: Special thanks to Leap Year stock illustration (www.123rf.com)