Leap Year Lore and Traditions

March 04, 2016

Leap Year Lore and Traditions

Leap Year Lore and Traditions

Something very special happened this week, something that only happens once every four years —this week had a leap day!

So, what exactly is a leap day and why does it happen?

There actually is a good reason for it and it's quite simple really. It technically only takes the earth 365.2422 days to to circle around the sun, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days, so leap days are added every 4 years to keep our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons. And a year that has a "leap day" in it is called a "leap year!"

Along with an added day, a leap year brings exciting legends, superstitions, and traditions.

Leap Year Lore and Traditions

Here are a few fun facts and tidbits you may not know about this day...

1. Babies Can Join a Club!

Those fortunate few born on February 29th have exclusive membership to the The Honour Society of Leap Year Day Babies. Seriously, this is real, and kinda fun, actually.

2. Leap Year Has Its Own Capital!

The city of Anthony, Texas, situated on the border of two states - Texas and New Mexico - has dubbed itself the Leap Year Capital of the World. In order to celebrate this special day, the city holds a four-day festival including a giant birthday party for Leap Day babies. Sounds like a good enough reason to celebrate to me!

And my personal favorite...

3. Women Can Propose to Men!

O.K., technically, a woman can propose to a man any day of the year she would like, but here's the scoop on this legend:

It is believed the tradition started in 5th century Ireland when St. Brigid of Kildare told St. Patrick that women had to wait too long for men to propose. So, the legend goes that St. Patrick declared  women could propose on this one day in February during the leap year. This tradition then spread to other parts of Europe.

It's also said that, if a man denied a woman, he had to pay a fine or buy her 12 pairs of gloves so she could hide her shame at not having a ring to wear.

While not "everyone" is convinced about the authenticity of this legend, it is a fun one to tell.

And listen, whether you are a guy or a girl proposing, I can help you get the yes! In fact, I would love to help you get the yes with our amazing diamond engagement ringsand incredible customer service. Either come on by or shop online!

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Leap Year Lore and Traditions

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