The mysterious ‘Leap-Year’ comes once every 4 years, February gets an additional special day; February 29th, also known as Leap-Day. Well, it’s all about keeping our calendars in check with the eternal cosmic run of our planet around the sun. Our calendar says there are 365 days in a year, but in reality Earth takes about 365.2421 days to complete its journey. That small fraction of time adds up over time, throwing off our calendar by a quarter of a day every year.

So, to keep things on track, we add in an extra day every 4 years. While our modern calendar is the tool what we measure our days with, many other ancient cultural calendars, move to a different style. These lunar calendars follow the moon’s cycles, which creates a natural gap with our solar-calendar. To bridge the gap, they throw in extra months here and there, keeping everything in harmony.


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How did this all start? Well, ancient Rome was a bit confused with their calendar. They had 10 months and a weird winter that threw everything out of balance. Then along came Caesar, who not only conquered lands but also conquered the calendar. He fixed it, taking cues from the Egyptians and their solar-calendar which was the most accurate at that time.


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Now, let’s talk about Leap Day traditions! Fun fact from Ireland about this day, St. Bridget thought it was unfair that the ladies couldn’t propose as men did. So, with that request the 29th of February was declared Leap-Day as the one day, women could pop the question. That’s right, Bachelor’s Day!


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The people who has their birthday on this cool day? They get a cool nickname, a ‘Leapling’ and are part of an exclusive club. They theoretically age only every 4 years, but on the brighter side of things, they are a part of a cool group! This quirky day of every 4 years has history and a bit of drama to it. Let us know what you think about in the comments section below.


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