I just learned an interesting tidbit this morning. My mother told me with a sly grin that women are encouraged to propose to men on leap day (is that a hint, Mother?). Sure enough, there is an article on the front of the Daily News today, because February 29, the rarest day on the Gregorian Calendar, is full of odd and quirky traditions.
In case you are wondering, Leap Year was established to correct a major celestial quirk, that the earth takes 365.25 days to revolve around the sun, so every four years we need an extra day so that our normal years consist only of 365 days exactly. Therefore, Leap Year will always be a year that is divisible by 4: 2000, 2008, 2016.
Regardless of the feminist tradition, I think I will hold off on any marriage proposals….Sorry Mom (maybe my sister will propose to her boyfriend instead!)