According to Wikipedia leap year is a year containing one additional day in order 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, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting an additional day into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.
For example, in the Gregorian calendar , February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365.
The calendar we use is now 2000 years old and with it have emerged customs and traditions associated with key events, and Leap Years and Leap Days are no different.
In Ireland legend has it that St Patrick agreed to a demand from St Brigid that women be allowed to propose to men on February 29th. St. Bridget had complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. A tale that can trace its roots back to the 5th century still carries relevance in Ireland in the 21st century as we sill reference the 29th February as the only day when a woman can select the man of her choosing and propose to him.
In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. The fact remains that during the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.
This ‘nonsense’ is part of the tradition that is the Leap Year tradition and only comes round once every four years. Having said that, there is evidence of a number of eligible bachelors that are working from ‘home’ today.
Posted on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized by Tagged as