Everyone is aware that the leap year has an extra day, making the total count of days 366 for that year. This is done in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical, or seasonal year. The leap day is celebrated on the 29th of Feb, every four years. This is pretty much our extent of knowledge when it comes to leap years in general, this leap day let us learn a few fun facts about this special addition.
People born on this special day are referred to as “leapers” or “leaplings”
The frog is a symbol associated with February 29. The Australian rocket frog can leap over two meters
Today you are working for free if you’re on a fixed annual wage
February 29 also marks Rare Disease Day
Julius Caesar introduced the first leap year around 46 B.C.
March 1 is considered as the legal date of birth for a leaper in Hong Kong, whereas, it is Feb 28th in New Zealand
Astrologers have long believed that people born on 29th of Feb possess unusual talents and unique personalities, such as the ability to burp the alphabet or paint like Picasso
Chances of a leap year birthday are 1 to 1,461, and there are more than 4 billion leapers in the world
Anthony, Texas is the self- declared “Leap Year Capital of the World”
There exists an Official Leap Day Cocktail
A special leap day tradition in Ireland, dates back to the 5th century, in which women are encouraged to propose men on this day. Also, the man cannot refuse or has to pay the penalty if he decides to
According to traditional Chinese, Hebrew, and Hindu calendars, an entire leap month is added instead of a single day
Hugh Hefner opened his first Playboy Club on February 29, 1960
Greek couples believe that getting married on the leap day will bring them bad luck
Russians too believe that the leap year brings along worrisome weather patterns and more of death
In Taiwan, married daughters return home during the leap month as the lunar month is believed to bring bad health to parents
The record for the most generations born on leap day is held by the Keogh family in Ireland, and UK
Karin Henriksen of Norway holds the world record for giving birth to the most children on consecutive leap days
Let’s celebrate this leap day with the leapers, and a glass of leap day special cocktail. Cheers!