Happy Leap Day everyone! February 29, that fantastic extra day that occurs every 4 years.
1) The Earth does NOT take exactly 365 days (8760 Hours) to orbit the sun. It actually takes 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds. So to compensate for the extra time, every four years an extra day is added to the year. Leap years have 366 days.
2) On Leap Day, there is an old tradition that stems from Ireland that women can propose to their men! (Remember the movie Leap Year?) Um, hello Matthew Goode, can I marry you?
Similarly, the tradition also stands in Denmark and Germany!
Greece however, considers Leap Year marriages unlucky, and 1 out of 5 Greek couples will purposefully avoid a Leap Year marriage!
3) Supposedly, in 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland (who was 5 at the time), passed a law that made men who refused Leap Day proposals compensate the proposing women; payment was anything from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. She knew what was what!
4) People born on Leap Days are invited to join The Honor Society of Day Babies. For real?
5) February 29th is also St. Oswald’s Day, named after an archbishop of York who died this day in 992.
(However, it is still celebrated on the 28th of regular years)
So there you have it! Just a few fun facts for your entertainment on this “extra” day of the year!