Leap Day Amusing Facts And Beliefs You Might Not Know Yet

Happy Leap Day!

Did you know that Leap Day has been a day of traditions, superstitions and folklores ever since Julius Caesar introduced Leap Year in 45 B.C.?

Marriage proposal from women

According to an Irish legend, St. Brigid of Kildare made a deal with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant permission for women to propose marriage after hearing complaints from single women whose suitors were too shy to propose. That’s a bold move for a fifth-century nun, don’t you think?

So since then, ladies are allowed to pop the question or initiate dances with the apple of their eyes on this day every four years, it is also considered as lucky.

Men will be fined in case they reject the proposal

Queen Margaret of Scotland began the tradition of women proposing to men in 1288. Women either have to wear breeches or a scarlet petticoat to pop the question, according to tradition.

If a man refused the proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or 12 pairs of gloves. It is said that St. Patrick kissed St. Brigid in the cheeks after he rejected her marriage proposal, and offered her a silk to soften the blow of his rejection.

The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.

Unlucky in love

In Greece and Ukraine, it is considered bad luck to marry during a leap year, especially on leap day because they believe that it will eventually end up in divorce.

In Italy , they have proverbs that mean that leap years are the doom years, as women are more erratic during that time. (Lol to that, fellow erratic women!)

In Russia, these years are said to bring abrupt weather patterns and an increased risk of death.

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