Oh yes! We have an extra day this year, February 29, 2020 because it is a Leap Year. But have you wondered where does leap year come from? Where do they get the extra hours that add up to a new day? And what if you’re born on a leap day?

A year is when the Earth completed its rotation to the sun which is 365 days and to be exact, it is 365 days and 6 hours. So do the math, 6×4=24 or 1 day. That’s why we add 1 day every 4 years. During the reign of Julius Caesar, the Roman calendar consisted of only 355 days. Every 2 years they would add an extra month of 22 days to it. But they noticed that they are way behind on the change of season. When they will be ready for summer, winter is already starting. That’s why Julius Caesar called his astronomers to revise the calendar. And they decided to add one day to the month of February.  In ancient Rome, they celebrated the New year on March 1, which is why they added the leap day to the end of February.

In the 18th century, a famous German moralist wrote an essay called “Consolations for the Unfortunates Born on the 29th of February”. He suggested a detailed scheme of how they should celebrate their birthday each year. That if you’re born on 12 midnight to 6:00 PM you should celebrate your birthday on the 28th of February and if you’re on 6:01 pm to 11:59 pm, then you should celebrate your birthday on March 1. Some who was born on the 29th of February only counts their age every leap year which 4x younger.

In the 19th century, an interesting marriage tradition became popular. Usually, men had to kneel on one knee to propose to a woman. But in a leap year, women could propose to men. And Leap years were also chosen to hold one of the main global sports events – the Olympic games.

And now, we will have a leap day this year and we want to make it more special. Acienda Designer Outlet is having a Leap Day Sale of up to 80% off on selected items. So visit Acienda Designer Outlet and enjoy this one day BIG SALE. And after you shop, grab some bite at our restaurants at West Wing of Acienda Designer Outlet. See you!

Source: Bright Side and Wikipedia