Archive for February, 2012

February 29th – What?!

An extra day this year – how nice! The earth turns roughtly 365 and a quarter times on its axis by the time it completes a full orbit around the sun.

This means that once every four years our manmade calendar has to catch up. 2012 is a leap year. It contains one extra day, February 29th,  for a total of 366 days this solar year. People born on February 29th, or leap day, are called “leaplings” and also “leapers.” Although some leapers feel ripped off by having 75 percent fewer birthdays than the rest of us, on the up side they are also able to celebrate their birthdays a full day earlier than the rest of us if they want to.

In the days of old, it was thought to throw nature off if you fooled with the calendar. For example: it use to be said that peas and beans planted during a leap year would grow the wrong way and that sheep would have a poor lambing season.

One tradition that goes back about 400 years (and I think was something started by the Scots) says that leap year gives women the privilege of proposing marriage to men, instead of the other way around. The tradition states that if a woman proposes marriage to a man during leap year, and he refuses, he then owes her a silk gown and a kiss (provided she was wearing a red petticoat under her skirt when she asked him.) I am not really sure what the significance of the red petticoat is, but this goes back hundereds of years.

Folklore aside, we have an extra day this year, and since it does only come once every four years, I think we should make a point of it. Enjoy the extra day this year everyone – and to all the leaplings out there – Happy Birthday!

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