AN EXTRA GIFT HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE LEAP DAY? We’ve been given the gift of an extra day this February. This year has a leap day on Saturday, Feb. 29, and while it may seem like just another 24 hours, it’s a great opportunity to spend the day doing less than typical things. So, what’s stopping you from celebrating a little bit on this extra day? Personally, I’d like to start with a breakfast of eggs Benedict and Champagne! I’ll take my time to enjoy breakfast and put work out of my mind. I love my job and helping clients every day, but leap day is the perfect excuse to be a little selfish. And with leap day landing on a Saturday, there’s no better day in the year to do this. After the decadent breakfast, I’ll keep the day low-key, finding time to meet with friends and family and go out for lunch. I’ll enjoy their company and soak up the day in the company of those I love. It will be a simple, easygoing, and relaxing day. Short of wishing I was in my 40s again, this day could be as close to perfection as I need. Perhaps that’s the beauty of leap day. It doesn’t have to be a grand, spectacular day to be a gift. Just the fact that we get to live an extra day is a gift in and of itself. Of course, if you have a birthday on leap day, there’s a big reason to celebrate! After all, you only get a birthday every four years — or so one would think. Leap day spans back to the days of Julius Caesar’s reign in Rome. In 46 B.C., Caesar and his astronomers discovered that the 355-day Roman calendar was just over 10 days shorter than the solar calendar. He instituted a 365-day calendar and concluded there was a need to add an extra day every few years to make up for the lost time. Pope Gregory XIII created leap day as we know it on Feb. 29, where it appears to happen every four years. Typically, leap day does not occur in years that are divisible by 100, but the exception is if the year is divisible by 400, then there is a leap day. So, it occurred in the years 1600 and 2000,
but we didn’t have a leap day in the year 1700, nor will we have one in 3000. “Leaplings” who are looking forward to a birthday in the year 3000 will actually have to wait eight years before they have another birthday. The math behind leap day may be fascinating, but the folklore behind it is equally as unique. Some European countries believe leap day produces bad omens, such as the Greeks, who believe getting married during a leap year is bad luck. Other Europeans celebrate Bachelor’s Day on leap day to commemorate Saint Patrick giving permission for women to ask men to marry them on leap day. Historians believe this led to the U.S. tradition of Sadie Hawkins dances! Regardless of whether you choose to believe the bad or the good about leap day, there’s no denying that this special day offers us one extra opportunity to live a little in 2020. I hope you find a way to make it special this year.
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