Leap Year rolls around every four years, and this is certainly a special time for those who were born on February 29th. But there’s a lot about Leap Years that people don’t know. Here are Leap Year fun facts:
- It takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds for the Earth to revolve around the sun. Those extra hours are the reason we have Leap Years. If we didn’t have an extra day every four years to account for those hours, then our calendar year would be off by 26 days within 100 years.
- Some astrologers believe that people born on a Leap Day have special talents and personalities.
- There is a small .0006% chance of being born on Leap Year.
- Rare Disease Day is celebrated on Leap Day in 56 countries, the purpose being to obtain funding for diseases that currently have no cure.
- In the UK, it’s a tradition for a woman to ask a man’s hand in marriage on February 29th. An old tradition makes Leap Day the only day when women can propose.
So celebrate Leap Year however you want! Proposal, cake, or just a “thank you” to it for not throwing off our calendar!