LEAP YEAR !!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today is a special day !! I think you know why, from the title of this post. So I wanted to share with you few information's about leap year, and I was searching through the internet try to find something, that would help you to understand, why we have leap year (in case you don’t know). And I didn’t want to just write you a long and boring description of it, so I found this great video (believe me, this video is not boring at all ! ) :

I'm pretty sure you know about proposing on leap year, most of us from movie Leap year. I just love that movie !! Its absolutely one of my favorites Open-mouthed smile

I just had to put all this in here, its about leap year proposals (from Wikipedia) :

In Britain and Ireland, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap year day, February 29, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap year day, February 24.

According to Felten: "A play from the turn of the 17th century, 'The Maydes Metamorphosis,' has it that 'this is leap year/women wear breeches.' A few hundred years later, breeches wouldn't do at all: Women looking to take advantage of their opportunity to pitch woo were expected to wear a scarlet petticoat—fair warning, if you will."

In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on the bissextile leap year day, February 29, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves.

In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman's proposal on leap year day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.

In Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year.

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And BTW, you should absolutely read this amazing story, about one girl that proposed her boyfriend. You can read it ::here::

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