Leap Day - The Day When Women Propose to Men

You may have heard about the day that happens every 4 years – Leap Day as one where women propose to men. This is absolutely true and it still occurs, even though not so often, centuries after the tradition was originally imposed.

There are truly many things that make this day special and interesting, especially to women. For starters, the genders get swapped and they get a chance to pop the question themselves. And this is enough for a celebration by itself, right? However, there are many other things tied to Leap Day and proposing.

To give you an idea of what all of this is about, here we’ll go over the details. So, buckle up and enjoy!


Leap Day – Basics

Before we get to leap day and the proposing traditions, it’s worth noting that leap day or February 29th is a really unusual and exciting day. Mainly, this is because it’s connected to various superstitions and customs, which from this perspective may seem really odd. Aside from women popping the question on this day, in countries like Greece and Scotland,it’s bad luck to stand before the altar during a leap year and on leap day.

But how did this day come to be? More than 2000 years ago, Julius Caesar pronounced February 29th as Leap Day. Scientifically, the purpose of this day is to stay on track with the revolutions of the Earth around the Sun. Basically, when an additional day is added every 4 years the differences in time and the longer period it takes the Earth to complete its journey are compensated. Therefore, little did the scientists in the past and Julius Caesar suspect that this day will be the cause of so many new traditions and rules.


What Does the Tradition Say About Women Proposals?

The tradition of women proposing to menon Leap Day began in the fifth century and the two people to ‘blame’ were St. Bridget and St. Patrick. According to tradition, on Leap Day the Irish nun Bridget proposed to St. Patrick, thinking that women had to wait a very long time in order to hear the question from their suitors.

They made a deal for the day to be declared as one when women were allowed to pop the question. If by chance they received a negative answer, the men were obliged to buy them something. Depending on the region, the rules were different. For instance, in England, women were to get gloves for Easter whereas in other parts they got dresses, fur coats, and money. Because of this, the rule for men to pay a fine if they refuse a proposal on Leap Day still stands.

This isn’t all, though. While proposing women were required to wear specific clothes, too.They tended to wear a petticoat or breeches.


Final Thoughts

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