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5 Interesting facts about leap year we bet you didn’t know

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2016 is a leap year which brings us to the fact that we have one extra day this month. While most of us know that the leap year occurs every four years & is because a complete orbit around the sun takes slightly longer, there are a few fun facts attached to the “extra day” of the year from all around the world that we bet will catch your fancy! Read on to find out-

 

  1. The day of love – In Ireland, the tradition of women proposing men on this extra day has been a tradition back since the 5thLegend has it that St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for suitors to propose & that’s when he declared the “extra day” as the only day in the year when women could pop the golden question!

 

  1. Bad luck – In Greece, one in five engaged couples avoid getting married during a leap year as they believe it’s bad luck. In Italy, several proverbs such has “Leap Year, Doom Year” warn against planning any important life events during a leap year

 

  1. Leaplings/Leapers – People born on February 29thare called as “Leaplings” & “Leapers”. The chance of being born on a leap day is 1 in 1461. In Hong Kong the legal birthday of a leapling is March 1 in common years, while in New Zealand it is February 28. If you timed it right, you could enjoy the world’s longest birthday flying from one country to another.

 

  1. Leap Year Capital – The town of Anthony in Texas is the “Leap Year Capital of the world”. The town holds a festival that runs from February 25 t0 29 every leap year & involves celebrations & dancing.

 

  1. Leap Month – In the traditional Chinese, Hebrew & Hindi calendar, a whole extra month is added instead of a day. This is known as embolismic month.

 

Apart from a bunch of interesting facts, Leap Year also brings an extra day to you. Deep-dive into your wishlist & do all you can on this extra day. Express your love like the Irish, Celebrate like a leapling, Dance like you’re in Texas & make this a leap year to remember! Happy extra day fellas!

 

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