Any ladies taking a leap forward in their relationship or going down on one knee?
February 29th…. the leap year happens every 4 years!! The next one will be Saturday 29th February 2020. That seems a long way off but i wonder how many will wed that day being a Saturday?!! Obviously you don’t have to wait for the 29th Feb as we are now in the 21st century!!
The reason why we have an extra day………The Earth’s orbit takes 365.24 days to complete its solar orbit and an extra day every four years is added to keep calendar seasons synchronised with solar seasons. If we didn’t do this the seasons would shift around the calendar, and in 750 years time June would find itself in the middle of winter.
Where did the tradition come from that ladies can propose on the Leap Year……?
There are a few traditions with the leap year but the most famous of them all is when the lady can propose to her loved one. This goes back to the 5th Century Ireland. St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait too long for men to propose. St. Patrick’s response was to allow women to propose on 29 February.
In some places, leap day had been known as ‘Bachelors Day’. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day! In many European counties, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29th has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring!!
This has gained with great popularity since the 19th Century. While it’s fun, it’s not really relevant to the 21st century.
Do you know anyone who has gotten engaged or married this leap year? Feel free to tag or share with your friend, we would love to hear your story.