Leap Day Fun Facts: Celebrate the Extra Day!

Written By: M&M Properties - Sacramento Property Management

February 29, 2024

Did you know today February 29th, the rarest day of the year? To celebrate this unique date, here are some interesting facts:

  • The extra day is crucial: Earth takes 365.25 days to orbit the sun, not exactly 365. The extra quarter-day accumulates over four years, necessitating a leap year with an extra day in February to keep our calendar aligned with the seasons.
  • Leap year babies, rejoice! There are about 4.1 million “leaplings” worldwide, making them a special and statistically uncommon group. They often celebrate their birthdays on February 28th or March 1st outside of leap years.
  • **Ladies, your turn: **Traditionally, February 29th was “Leap Day,” a day when women could propose to men, reversing the typical gender roles. This custom originated in Ireland and spread to other countries like Scotland and Denmark, with unique twists like the woman wearing a red coat or the man owing the woman gloves if he refused.
  • A newspaper born and (almost) buried: A unique French newspaper, La Bougie du Sapeur, is only published every leap day since 1980. It often outsells other newspapers on its special publication date, making it a true rarity.
  • Lucky or unlucky? Beliefs around February 29th vary. While some consider it an auspicious day for weddings in Greece and Ireland, others in cultures like Estonia and Vietnam view it as unlucky.
  • Not Quite a Legal Day? Depending on employment contracts, some individuals might not receive additional pay for working on February 29th, as their salary may be calculated based on a 365-day year.
  • Bonus Fact: The Salem witch trials in 1692 tragically began with the issuance of warrants on February 29th, adding an unexpected historical connection to this rare date.

These are just a few fun facts about February 29th.

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