Happy Leap Day!
Happy Leap Day! You were given one extra day this year, so carpe diem!
Here are some fun facts about Leap Day.
- February 29th happens only every four years:
A leap day was added to the calendar to account for the added time it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun every fourth year.
Every fourth year , the astronomical year is approximately 365.25 days, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, which is why as early as 46 bc, with the establishment of the Julian calendar, and extra day was added to make up for this weird quarter day.
- According to DidYouKnow.Org, the chance of being born on Leap Day in the Gregorian calendar (our current calendar) is about 1 in 1470. Which means around 4 million people (out of a world population of 7 billion) have Leap Day birthdays, whereas on average approximately 19 million people share a birthday every day other than Leap Day.
- Sir James Milne Wilson, a past Premier of Tasmania, was born on a Leap Day and died on a Leap Day. The Premier was born February 29, 1812 and died exactly 68 years later on February 29, 1880.
- British folk traditions say that women may only propose marriage on leap days.
- According to DidYouKnow.Org, the Chinese calendar has a leap month about every 3 years and the name of the leap month is the same as the previous lunar month. The Jewish calendar has a leap year 7 times in a 19-year cycle.