Leap Day Tradition
Once every four years the tables turn. We look at the tradition of women proposing to their partners on February 29th
Once every four years, an extra day is added to the month of February, taking it from 28 to 29 days. Without the extra day in February every four years, we would lose almost six hours a year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be reduced by roughly 24 days.
The well known tradition that coincides with this event is that women may propose to their long time partners. The tradition dates back to 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget is said to have complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for men to propose marriage. St. Patrick supposedly agreed to give women one day to propose and February the 29th was chosen as that day.
Also, according to various tellings of the tale, should the object of a woman’s affections turn them down, they may claim in return either 12 pairs of gloves or a silk dress.