Some classes today learned about the importance of February 29th as Leap Day. Students found out that a Leap Year occurs every four years and is one day longer to ensure that the seasons are appropriately aligned with the calendar. In the process of learning about Leap Year, we learned some fun, and sometimes strange facts, about this day.
1) People whose birthdays are on Leap Day usually celebrate the day before or after their real birthdays, but sometimes they friends and families joke with them. For example, when they turn 16, they might be given gifts for a 4-year-old instead of a 16-year-old.
2) In the past, it was believed that people born on Leap Year had special talents and possibly, even special power.
3) On Leap Day, there is a tradition that women are “allowed to” ask men to marry them. In most countries, it is traditional for the man to propose marriage, but Leap Day is an exception.
4) Some families have won world records because they have had children who have all been born on Leap Days and all have the birthday of February 29th. The children were all born 4 years apart.
5) This year, 2012, many countries are using Leap Day to recognize rare diseases. They are using today to fundraise and increase awareness about diseases without cures.
As these facts show us, Leap Day is definitely an interesting event. And, in case you ever forget how many days there are during this Leap Year, just remember the simple rhyme taught to children in the U.S. “30 days has September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31, except February which has 28 days clear and 29 each Leap Year.”