If it’s your birthday today, celebrate it to the moon! You won’t get a chance for a boisterous birthday bash before 2020! Surrounded in history and superstition, and backed by scientific proofs, February 29 only comes once every four years. As this one-day add-on makes a year special, christened – Leap Year, there is much more to it. There are several facts that add to the uniqueness of such year. So, jump on the bandwagon of Leap Year 2016 with unique facts associated with it. Get, set, go…
- Women Go on Knees!
On 29th February, women are allowed to propose a man for marriage. It is believed that St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women waiting for men to propose marriage. Supposedly, St. Patrick gave 29th February to women to propose. (Thanks St. Patrick)
Going back to 1288, Queen Margaret apparently allowed women to propose men on a leap day. This is one of the leap year traditions.
2. Added Advantage for Leap Day Kids
Leap year babies (also called Leapers or Leaplings) can join the ‘Honor Society of Leap Year Babies’, a club for people born on February 29.
3. Bizarre Talents’ Year
Leapers are believed to have unusual talents such as paint like Picasso.
4. Leap Year Capital
The twin cities- Anthony, Texas, and Anthony, New Mexico, are the world’s self-proclaimed Leap Year Capitals. Every leap year, they celebrate a four-day leap year festival including Leaplings’ birthday party. Another one among unique Leap year facts!
5. Hail Ceasar
Although, Julius Caesar introduced the first leap year around 46 B.C. but his Julian calendar had only one rule – Any year divisible evenly by four would be a leap year. That created numerous leap years.
6. Leap Years in History
Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity (1752), gold was discovered in California (1848), George Armstrong Custer fought the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876), and the Titanic sank (1912). All leap years!
7. The Christopher Columbus Trick
Christopher Columbus tricked the indigenous Jamaicans with lunar eclipse on February 29, 1504. The local chiefs had stopped supplying the provisions to his crew. Columbus warned them that God will paint the moon red as their punishment. During the eclipse, he told them that if they cooperated, God would end the punishment. The chiefs agreed to give them supplies again, and saw that the lunar eclipse had ended.
8. Leap Day Cocktail
Sip a cocktail during this joyride of Leap year facts. A bartender-Harry Craddock invented a colorful martini in 1928, especially for the leap year.
9. The Leap Day Personality
James Milne Wilson, the eighth premier of Tasmania, was born and died on leap days in the 1800s, according to the World Heritage Encyclopedia.
10. The Leap Day Siblings
According to the New York Daily News, the Henriksen family (Norway) had their children on leap days in 1960, 1964 and 1968. The Estes family (Utah) had their children on leap days in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
These are just a few among the host of facts about the Leap Year. Just as myriad myths, believes, and traditions are coupled with this year, such facts add to its uniqueness. Wish you a wonderfully unique Leap Year 2016!