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Yes, this is a Leap Year, a year in which an extra day is added to February to correct an error built into our calendar. Monday the 29th is Leap Day, the added day. This occurs nearly every four years. The exception is that the day is not added in any year that cannot be divided evenly by the number 400, effectively eliminating three Leap Days every 400 years. Wow! Too Much Information!
But there is more!
Without the added day , the months of the year would slowly become misaligned with the seasons. This has happened in the past.
Today we use the Gregorian Calendar, also known as the Christian or Western Calendar. Pope Gregory XIII decreed in 1582 that the calendar replace its predecessor, the Julian Calendar. In the process, 10 days were dropped from the calendar. To make the change even more confusing, many countries did no change immediately and, when they finally made the change, even more days were dropped to bring the calendars into alignment. For example, the North American colonies and the United Kingdom did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752, 200 years later. When the adoption took place, Wednesday 2 September was followed the next day by to Thursday 14 September, an adjustment of eleven days. 345 years later Turkey was the last country to officially switch to the new system.
I love this kind of stuff!
Sadie Hawkins Day
When I was in school, Leap Year had a special significance: Sadie Hawkins Day. It was the “one day” that the girls could ask the boys to a movie or a dance. It was the basis of many parties. We dressed up as Li’l Abner, Daisy Mae or other Al Capp characters. This was all pretty tame by the standards of today but it was great fun at the time.
I wrote about this several years ago. If you want to read about it, click on this: Sadie Hawkins, Where Art Thou?
Happy Leap Day!
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