Word of the Day: Leap Year

If you were wondering if I was going to let this special day go by without giving it my full attention, the answer is No! How could I not jump at the chance of explaining what a leap year is? How could I possibly let the 29th of February (leap day) go by without dedicating it a whole post?

2012, 2016, 2020…etc  are  leap years. This means that we get an extra day on February 29th, so instead of having 365 days there will be 366. A leap day is added  very four years.

Why do we need a leap year? Every four years we have a leap year to correct discrepancy between the calendar year of 365 days and the time taken for the Earth to complete one orbit of the sun -365 days and 6 hours.

I just  love the way Epipheo explains what a leap year is. Watch the video and then answer this question: What is a leapling?

Well done! A leapling is a person who is born on February 29th and they are all invited to join The Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies

Are there any traditions associated to this day? Yeah! And I love it!

According to the legend it started in Ireland around the 5th century. It is said that St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose and he decided that women could propose to the man they wished to marry, only on this day. In 1288 in Scotland a law was passed stating that if the marriage proposal was refused then the man had to pay a fine: a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, £1 and a kiss.

See I could not let this chance slip!

Hope you have liked this post! Happy Leap Year!