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Do You Know These 15 Facts About Leap Year?

  • Leap Year is a Bachelor’s Day In Ireland. 29th February is called Bachelor’s Day when women are allowed to propose to men. Queen Margaret of Scotland began the tradition in 1288. If a man refused the proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or 12 pairs of gloves.happy_leap_day_photos__1814788938
  • The chances of having a birthday on a leap day are about one in 1,461.
  • The eighth premier of Tasmania, an Island State of Australia; James Milne Wilson, was born on a leap day and died on a leap day in the 1800s, according to the World Heritage Encyclopaedia.
  • One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year. They believe it is bad luck.
  • Year 2012 was the last leap year before the current year.
  • On February 29 of that year, a coincidental event took place which is indeed a rare occurrence. Though the event was more notably visible at certain locations than others, it came and passed and was greatly remarkable. It was Eclipse of the Sun.
  • In Taiwan, married daughters traditionally return home during the leap month as it is believed the lunar month can bring bad health to parents. Daughters bring pig trotter noodles to wish them good health and good fortune.
  • It’s the date when women traditionally propose to men, ‘leaplings’ or ‘leapers’ are born and those on a fixed annual wage end up working for free.
  • February 29 is marked as Rare Disease Day. The Nations participating in the awareness day are calling for increased research and funding for diseases and ailments that have no known cure.
  • Anyone born on February 29 may be called a “leapling” or a “leaper”. In ordinary years they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28 or March 1. Ja Rule and Korede Bello are leaplings. However, while Ja Rule was born in 1976, Korede was born in 1996.
  • For centuries, astrologers believed children born on leap day have unusual talents, unique personalities and even special powers.
  • Did you know that there is a belief in Nigeria and Russia that leap years have a greater risk of death and that calamities were bound to happen in such years?
  • Since the year 2000 in Nigeria, all leap years have been preceded by a year of general elections. These preceding years have been 1999, 2003, 2007,2011 and 2015. These years, if reckoned in proper perspective, had bad omen to usher in for most parts of Nigeria.
  • The 1999 democratic experiment in Nigeria marked the beginning of the bizarre nightmare which today has plunged our economy into woe and distress.
  • The frog is a symbol associated with February 29. The Australian rocket frog can leap over two metres.

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