Today is a special day and only happens once every 4 years. That's right, it's a leap year. A weird extra day that people generally have no idea what to do with.
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Due to the rare nature of this special day, people try to find ays to give this extra 'gift' of a day special meaning, including making fun of people who were born on February 29, teasing them about having a birthday every four years or making fun of their 'age'.
Briefly.co.za learned that there are a couple of leap year traditions that might inspire us to give this day a bit more meaning.
Here are five of them according to foxnews.com.
1. Women Proposing to Men:
Also called 'Bachelor's Day' gives women the opportunity to make the first move and propose to men. The tradition is believed to have originated in Scotland or Ireland.
Today it is not at all uncommon for a woman to propose to a man but in the past, it was frowned upon.
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2. 12 Pairs of Gloves
In some parts of Europe, if a were to refuse a woman's proposal on the 29th of February, he would have to pay a fine. This would often be in the form of a gown, money or barley 12 pairs of gloves.
3. Leap Year in Other Countries
The leap year is based on the Gregorian Calendar, which was adopted by most of the world, not every country uses it. Such as China, their calendar has an extra month in their year. The Ethiopian calendar has 13 months in it. The 13th month only has 5 days normally and 6 in a leap year.
4. The Unlucky Year
Greek and Ukrainian tales hint that couples who marry during a leap year are destined to have bad luck in their lives. Some superstitions believe that bad luck could end in divorce or even death.
5. Leap Year Babies
Leap year babies are pretty uncommon, with there being a chance of 1 in 1,461. Leap year babies, also known as leapers and leaplings, are believed to have special talents according to astrologers.
“Their energy is creative, receptive, and often very unique. To be born on this day is to have a kind of magical ‘sixth sense’ about the world,” according to Horoscope.com. “They are believed to be naturally lucky and often possess special talents.”
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Here is how Twitter is treating the leap year:
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