leap yee-ah, hee-ah!

happy, happy february 29th to you in this the leap year of our lord, two thousand and twelve! and now for your inquisitive minds… courtesy of the all powerful wikipedia & paraphrased by me.

leap year is:
a year containing one additional day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.

leap 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.

leap year traditions:
british isles: it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow.

denmark: the tradition is that women may propose on the leap day, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves.


finland: the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.

greece: marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. {oops for us!}

such concludes our leap year lesson… have a lovely day!

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