Happy Leap Year!

February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.- Wiki

   There have been strange customs centered around the every-four-year adjustment day. According to Irish, Scottish, and most traditions worldwide, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it (the basis for the movie Leap Year, 2010.) There is a Greek superstition that claims couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year. Leap day is NOT Sadie Hawkins Day. Sadie Hawkins Day, an American folk event, made its debut in Al Capp’s Li’l Abner strip November 15, 1937.

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Information from its description page there.   Click HERE for more on the Leap Day postcard craze.

     Leap year means a day without pay for Australians, and any salaried employee. “Many workers are paid yearly salaries, which means they earn a set amount of money per calendar year. Since salaries are typically not adjusted for leap year, this means that, during a leap year, an employee will probably end up working one extra day for the same yearly salary.” (NYTimes)

     If you are a Leap Year Baby, you only get a notification from Facebook the day before on a leap year! The chances of being born on Leap Day are about 1 in 1,500. There are about 187,000 people in the US and 4 million people in the world who were born on Leap Day. The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies tries to keep on top of all Leap Day 2012 related news.


~ by The Gallery Goddess on February 29, 2012.

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