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Why Do We Have a Leap Year?

Have you ever wondered why we have a Leap Year? Why is it every 4 years? And what happens to people who have their birthday on a leap year?

Here are some Leap Year facts.

  • This leap year is a Saturday. The next is February 29 2024 which will be a Thursday.
  • The day is also known as intercalary year or bissextile year.
  • A year that doesn’t have a leap day is a common year
  • As it takes the earth just under 365 ¼ days to orbit the sun which is also a solar year, a full day is added every 4 years to make up for this.
  • Regardless of adding the day, there is an 11th minute and 14 second discrepancy every year so chances are when you’re counting down to new years, you’re a few minutes off!
  • Every year that is divisible by 4 is a leap year.
  • There is also a leap second – where a second is occasionally added to the clock to allow for the earths rotation slowing down. The last time this happened was December 31st 2016.
  • One Leap Year tradition is for women to propose to men on a leap day.
  • The odds of being born on February 29th are 1 in 1,461 making you especially special if you are born on this day.
  • While the Gregorian calendar is enough to keep up with, leap years can cause problems with computers if they don’t have their inbuilt calendars correct
  • Many countries have their own traditions including a leap year being considered unlucky to be married in and in Finland, if a man declines a woman’s proposal on a leap day, he should buy her fabrics to make a skirt from.
  • Someone born on a leap day is called a “leapling” or “leaper” and often celebrate their birthdays on the 28th February.

So, what are you going to do with this extra day?

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