Leap Day Fun!

2016 is a leap year, meaning at the end of this month we all get an extra 24 hours to do whatever we want. Falling on a Monday this year, for most people this will probably mean simply going to work or school, as usual. But for some of you out there, this is a day steeped in tradition.

In Irish legend, this is the one day a year that women were allowed to propose to men. While this is no longer the case (it is 2016, after all), this is still a tradition observed by many. Will this be the day any of you get down on one knee?

A short plane ride away from Ireland, in Greece, however, leap years are considered unlucky when it comes to love.  Greek folklore says that if a couple gets married or engaged any time during a leap year, the relationship will be unlucky, ending either in divorce or in the death of one of the spouse’s. If you are Greek, and believe in this folklore, perhaps hold off on making any major relationship commitments this year!

For others, this day is simply used to have an extra 24 hours of fun doing whatever they want! This year, this would entail having to play hooky from work or school, so don’t get caught! Many like to celebrate this extra day by going to amusement parks, seeing movies, or just staying home and binge watching their favorite TV show.

Then there are those that just so happened to be born on February 29th, only getting to celebrate their actual birthday every 4 years. So for all of you leap babies born in 1976, remember, you’re not turning 40, you’re […]