LEAP YEAR BELIEFS: CUSTOMS, PRACTICES AND BELIEFS ASSOCIATED WITH LEAP YEARS
"LEAP YEAR BELIEFS": CUSTOMS, PRACTICES AND BELIEFS ASSOCIATED WITH LEAP YEARS
Leap year beliefs and customs / Also Lip year
This year, 2008 is a leap year or a lip year. In a leap-year, the month of February, which normally consists of 28 days, would then have 29 days.
Leap years occur every 4 years and therefore the next one will be in 2012. Leap years are always in even numbers.
LIP YEAR CUSTOMS, MYTHS AND BELIEFS
There exist a myriad of beliefs, customs and myths about lip/leap years
Some of the leap/lip year beliefs and customs include:
- Leap Year is the traditional time that women can propose marriage. This can happen on February 29th. Basically, women wear the pants in leap years.
- That couples who get married during a Leap Year will have bad luck
According to Wikipedia, a person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling". In common years they usually celebrate their birthdays on 28 February or 1 March. Most people would not like to give birth on leap year’s day, but I know of at least one person who has opted to have her baby on February 29! So, not everybody is superstitious; some people do dare to be different.
If you wish to learn about the whole science around lip years, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_year
LEAP YEAR QUOTATIONS
"Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have thirty-one excepting February alone. That has twenty-eight days clear, and twenty-nine in each leap year."