Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

I have no stamping to share but I just wanted to post to say "Hi" and talk about Leap Day and why I love it so much.

First of all there are tons of sales today. I have gotten emails from ice.com, aeropostale.com and eclecticpaperie.com, so far...and it is only 9:30!

Second, I am using today to eat all the calories I want to! I am thinking that they really shouldnt count, right?? Since today isnt a "real" day and all...so far I have had Chic-fil-a for breaklfast and I NEVER have breakfast and I have convinced my boss that since we are all on salary here and officially work 365 days a year he should buy us lunch! So we are having Firehouse Subs for the whole office...yeah, I'm good like that;)

Third, all the ladies out there that have a man that has been dragging his feet in the marriage department....you are free to ask them today to marry you! And according to the folklore if they say no they are required to give you a kiss and enough money for a dress an gloves...pretty sweet deal if you ask me! I am married but I am thinking of going around and proposing to random guys just to get the dress!! What do you think?? LOL!

So what are you doing to make today special?? Whatever you do make it fun!!

Let me know and check out these fun Leap Day facts that I found at: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html

Tradition, Folklore and Superstition:
A tradition was introduced many centuries ago to allow women to propose to men during a leap year. This privilege of proposing was restricted to leap day in some areas. Leap day was sometimes known as “Bachelors’ Day”. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage offer from a woman.The tradition’s origin stemmed from an old Irish tale referring to St Bridget striking a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. This old custom was probably made to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how the leap day balances the calendar.It was also considered to be unlucky for someone to be born on a leap day in Scotland and for couples to marry on a leap year, including on a leap day, in Greece.

February 29, 2008

The year 2008 is a leap year. If you look at a 2008 calendar, you will see that February has five Fridays–the month begins and ends on a Friday. Between the years 1904 and 2096, leap years that share the same day of week for each date repeat only every 28 years. The most recent year in which February comprised five Fridays was in 1980, and the next occurrence will be in 2036. February 29, the leap day, has been associated with age-old traditions, superstitions and folklore.

What is a leap year?A leap year is a year in which one extra day has been inserted, or intercalated, at the end of February. A leap year consists of 366 days, whereas other years, called common years, have 365 days.

Which years are leap years?

In the Gregorian calendar, the calendar used by most modern countries, the following three criteria determine which years will be leap years:
Every year that is divisible by four is a leap year;
of those years, if it can be divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless
the year is divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

According to the above criteria, that means that years 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years, while year 2000 and 2400 are leap years.

It is interesting to note that 2000 was somewhat special as it was the first instance when the third criterion was used in most parts of the world.

In the Julian calendar–introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC and patterned after the Roman calendar–there was only one rule: any year divisible by four would be a leap year. This calendar was used before the Gregorian calendar was adopted.

Why are leap years needed?Leap years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth's revolutions around the sun.

Details:

Note: The illustration is not to scale. The vernal equinox is the time when the sun is directly above the Earth's equator, moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere.

The mean time between two successive vernal equinoxes is called a tropical year–also known as a solar year–and is about 365.2422 days long.

Using a calendar with 365 days every year would result in a loss of 0.2422 days, or almost six hours per year. After 100 years, this calendar would be more than 24 days ahead of the season (tropical year), which is not desirable or accurate. It is desirable to align the calendar with the seasons and to make any difference as insignificant as possible.

By adding a leap year approximately every fourth year, the difference between the calendar and the seasons can be reduced significantly, and the calendar will align with the seasons much more accurately.

(The term "day" is used to mean "solar day"–which is the mean time between two transits of the sun across the meridian of the observer.)

Leap Day Birthdays

Some people born on February 29 prefer to celebrate their birthday on February 28 in a non-leap year because they were born in February, while others celebrate their birthday on March 1 because they do not officially turn next age on February 28.

There are also those who only celebrate their birthday every leap year because they believe there is no substitute to a February 29 birthday. In some cases, their legal birthdays depend on the rules and regulations of where they live.

Many countries make amendments for those born on leap days so they can be considered eligible for marriage, driving and other activities that require a legal age.

For example, each state or territory administers driver’s licenses in the United States. In South Carolina, one man received an extended driver’s license because February 29 was not in the calendar in a non-leap year. However in Maryland, one person waited for six months to get the driver’s license because the computer database did not recognize the February 29 birth date.

Some members of the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies do not have the February 29 birth date on their driver’s licenses because their government agencies gave them a choice of only February 28 or March 1 as their license expiration date.

4 comments:

  1. Carl and I had our first date on Leap Day in 1984. So this is our 6th Anniversary. We are going out to celebrate tonight. :-)

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  2. It was a happy day! Thanks for sharing the info! Leap Day is so fun!

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  3. What fun facts!! Thanks for all that hard research in order to provide us with handy factoids... i'm sure it'll come in handy today with my friends (we're wine tasting today!) - i love to regale them with pointless info! lol!

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  4. Cool info, Jimmi!
    I once dated a guy born on leap day!

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