Once every four years an additional day is added to the calendar to have 366 days in the leap year. In the Gregorian Calendar the additional day happens on Feb 29th and on the Julian Calendar used in Ethiopia the extra day becomes Puagme 6. Here are some interesting facts regarding the event
- In the British Isles, the law holds that women are allowed to propose marriage to men on Leap Day!
- The law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow.
- In Greece, it’s considered bad luck to get married in a Leap Year people believe this so much that one in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year.
- In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on the bissextile leap year day, February 24, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves.
- In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on leap year day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.
- People born on February 29 get to celebrate their birthdays once in four years and people born on Yekatit 21 E.C or February 28 [ like me 😉 ] celebrate their birthday for two days during leap year because Yekatit 21 will be on February 29.