Today is that day in four years when women have a chance to take matters in their own hands and propose marriage to men. They must be wearing red petticoats and if the men turn them down, they must pay heavily!
According to the old Irish tradition, this right was reserved specifically for the leap year and February 29. It is said that the tradition began in 5th century Ireland when St. Brigid of Kildare bitterly complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait far too long for men to propose. The tradition was then taken to Scotland by Irish monks.
In some upper-class European societies, the custom of denial involved buying 12 pairs of gloves for the woman you were rejecting. To hide her shame at not having a ring to wear.In some places, February 29 has been renamed Bachelors’ Day because of the tradition.
A leap year (also known as an intercalary year or a bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, calendars that have the same number of days in each year drift over time with respect to the event that the year is supposed to track. By inserting an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.
The name “leap year” comes from the fact that while a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next, the day of the week in the 12 months following the leap day (from March 1 through February 28 of the following year) will advance two days due to the extra day (thus “leaping over” one of the days in the week). For example, Christmas fell on Tuesday in 2001, Wednesday in 2002, and Thursday in 2003 but then “leapt” over Friday to fall on a Saturday in 2004.
If a year is not divisible by 4, then it is a common year; else if the year is not divisible by 100, then it is a leap year; else if a year is not divisible by 400, then it is a common year or else it is a leap year.
The Coptic calendar and Ethiopian calendar also add an extra day to the end of the year once every four years before a Julian 29-day February.
A person born on February 29 may be called a “leapling” or a “leaper”. In common years, they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year, since it is the day following February 28.
Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. This phenomenon is exploited when a person claims to be only a quarter of their actual age, by counting their leap-year birthday anniversaries only. For legal purposes, legal birthdays depend on how local laws count time intervals.
I tried to see how this works so I proposed to someone today. This was their reply, “Wow, this is sweet proposer, will propose to you in public before end of today. Whether this will come to pass or yield results, I guess we will have to wait and see the events unfold.[related_posts]
However my advice is ‘DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME’, or if you are to do it, do not propose to a stalker or multiple partners. They may all say yes and we all know polyandry is not yet accepted in most African countries if not all !