Most of you will know that today’s the day that the ladies get to do the proposing, but did you know that in some parts of the world it was illegal for a man to refuse the proposal? Yet, in many countries, it is considered unlucky to marry in a leap year!
The first documentation of a “ladies proposal day” dates back to 1288, when Scotland is said to have passed a law allowing women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in a leap year. Tradition states they also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.
Here are a few other fascinating facts about Leap Year.
The Romans introduced leap year with the introduction of their calendar, but some 500 years later, a more precise method of setting leap years was adopted with the Gregorian calendar. The following rules decide which years are leap years:
•Every year divisible by 4 is a leap year.
•But every year divisible by 100 is not a leap year
•Unless the year is also divisible by 400, then it is still a leap year.
According to most astrologers, those born under the sign of Pisces on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status.
A leap year, with its extra added day is generally thought to be a good time for starting important new projects. Choosing this day as the starting date is particularly astute as the project is sure to prosper, and children conceived or born on that date ae thought to enjoy special blessings. How wonderful that we are in the depths of setting up the new site!
And why do we call it Leap Day/Year? Once upon a time, in Britain, the government didn’t officially recognize February 29 as having any legal status. That particular day had no legal status in British law, so things such as court, contracts, were not legally recognized of binding on that day. In other words, the British ‘leapt over’ that day as though it didn’t officially exist, and thus the name: Leap Year.
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