February 29th only comes around every 4 years, but this leap year is a little special, as evidenced below:
I’ve always found Leap Day fascinating, especially for those who were born on that day. Here are a few fun facts I would like to share about Leap Years:
- Every leap year features an extra day added to the end of February, giving February 29 days instead of the usual 28. This bonus day happens because there aren’t actually 365 days in a year, but rather 365.242190 days. To compensate for this extra time, an extra day needs to be added approximately every four years.
- If you’re born on February 29, you’re known as a “leaper” or a “leapling.” Around 4 million people in the world have been born on February 29.
- Leap year babies celebrate their original birthday only once every four years.
- The chances of having a leap birthday are one in 1,461.
- The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies is a club for people born on February 29. More than 10,000 people worldwide are members.
- February 29 became the official leap day because of the ancient Romans, who added this extra day to the Roman calendar used during the Roman Empire. Roman emperor Julius Caesar also incorporated the leap year into the calendar he created, known as the Julian calendar.
- In Hong Kong the legal birthday of a leapling is March 1 and in New Zealand it is February 28.
- In Taiwan, married daughters return home on leap month because it is believed that lunar month can bring bad health to parents.
- Greeks believe getting married on a leap year will only bring bad luck. However, other cultures like Great Britain and Ireland believe a leap year is the time when women should ask men to get married instead of the usual custom of men asking women.
- The frog is the symbol associated with February 29.
- Leap year is also called known as St. Oswald’s Day, named after the Archbishop of York who died on February 29.
- Head to Anthony, Texas, or Anthony, New Mexico. Both claim the title of “Leap Year Capital of the World.” To celebrate the leap year, the town in Texas holds a large festival that features square dancing, fun events, and activities on a nearby farm, and it even offers a tour through an Aztec cave.
- Astrologers believed children born on leap year have unusual talent, unique personalities and even special powers.
So, what are your thoughts on Leap Day, do you celebrate this day in any special way? Were you born on February 29? I’d love to hear.