|Happy Birthday, Nicole! Only YOU would be born on Leap Year! Love you!|
First - the facts.
Why do we need Leap Years? Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year)– to circle once around the Sun. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days! 3 criteria must be met to be a leap year: The year is evenly divisible by 4, if the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless, the year is also evenly divisible by 400, then it is a leap year.
Leap Year Wives Tales:
The Irish: Women propose to their men. According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar. Rumor has it if a man refuses your marriage proposal on a leap year when you ask him on February 29th, he will suffer a terrible fate or have bad luck for the remainder of the leap year!
|Marry me, or be doomed. Brilliant tactic!|
|Leave it to little old Greek Ladies to find bad luck in Leap Years. (This is my Thea (Aunt) Sophia in Cyprus, RIP)|
I'll end this with why it is called leap year when we are adding an extra day. Hundreds of years ago in England, the British government didn't recognize February 29ths as having any 'legal' status,so any court events, contracts written, etc were not legally recognized on that day, and therefore were 'leapt over' as though it didn't officially exist, adopting the name Leap Year. Stupid. Yes. But that's how it came to be.
In the end, I say to Nicole - you have never done anything according to the norm, why should your birthday be any different? Happy 10th Birthday my Dearest (and Youngest), Old Friend! You don't look a day over 40! Love you!
|True enough. I find myself counting on my fingers until I finally figure out how old she is.|
Happy Leap Year and Other Silly Wishes,