“A leap year is never a good sheep year.”
-Old English saying
* In years past, many thought that the Leap Year was jinxed.
More Leap Year Trivia:
- The earth rotates about 365.242374 times around the sun a year (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds). So we add one day to the calendar every 4 years to “catch up.”
- The Egyptians were the first ones to add a day. Later the Romans caught on, and designated February 29th as the official leap day.
- A leapster is an individual who is born on February 29th.
- In Irish tradition, women who are tired of waiting for offers of marriage can propose on this special day. Legend has it that St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the plight of unmarried women, so St. Patrick announced that women could propose to their timid suitors on February 29th.