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