Dear Creatives, Happy Leap Year! An extra day to do what you wish this year. This year is steeped in traditions & represents leaps of faith in the past. Maybe some of you aren’t familiar with them. I am going to share a few along with some Leap Year art, photography & facts. I will reserve my creative post for later…stay tuned it is a banner tutorial for spring! & I have more up my sleeve. Now, let me get back to Leap Year.
First up I found this lovely illustration created by Rebecca Pocai. Every fourth year is a Leap Year!
It is said that Leap Year is the year where women can per-pose to men. St Bridget in the 5th Century. She is said to have complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. St Patrick then supposedly gave women a single day in a leap year to pop the question. In English law leap year day was not recognized by English law. It was believed that if the day had no legal status, it was acceptable to break with tradition.
The odds of being born on Leap Year are 1/ 1461 & babies born on this day are known as “leapers” or “leaplings”
We receive this additional day in Leap Year to align calendars with the astronomical or seasonal calendars. Seasonal & astronomical calendars do not repeat in whole number days. By occasionally adding this additional day this can be corrected. A year without the additional day is called a common year.
So dear readers you can rest at ease having an extra day & that we are all being aligned with our calendars!
This is the perfect day to take a leap of faith! Go ahead & try something new or ask someone something you have been dreaming of doing!
What leaps have you taken?