Today is only celebrated every four years, except every 100th year, when it is not observed, except every 400th year, when it IS observed.
Thank goodness for calendars!
According to Wikipedia, “a leap year is a year containing one additional day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical (or seasonal) year”.
February 29th is celebrated in different ways across the globe. Over in Europe, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only in leap years. If the proposal is refused, the consequences could be “great”… from fines, such as a kiss, to money for clothes/gloves. However, in Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. Wikipedia says “one in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year.”
Leap year babies are those with the honor of being born on this day. Technically a leap year baby will have fewer birthdays than their actual age. They can say they are only a quarter of their normal age! I wish I could say that… I’d only be 9 years old!!
Until next time…