Wednesday, February 29, 2012
LEAP YEAR /LEAP DAY
I don't know about you but I always liked the month of February. When in school we got winter breaks or snow days and as an adult it was the anticipation of Spring. The down side for this month was of course the rent/mortgage was due sooner than normal. Consider me corky but I like odd things.
According to the morning news it wasn't unusual to have the same birthday with another family member in leap years. They were mentioning the same date birthday mother and daughter who were going celebrate their birthday in a prestigious hotel in New York City. In the local newspapers they had advertisements for "free this" and "free that" for those who were born on February 29th. See what I mean?? I guess I'm not the only corky minded person.
Apparently some cultures consider the "Leap Day" an unlucky day. Well, they should be thankful that the "Leap Year" only comes around every 4 years.
Some cultures have different calender years therefore have different "Leap Years" so there is no escape from a "Leap Year"or "Leap Day". For instance Chinese "Leap Year" has 13 months and it comes around every three years. Jewish Leap year is called "Adar" and the month that is observed is considered to be a lucky one. You see there are places in the world where "Leap Year" is reverently celebrated.
According to an Irish legend St. Patrick allowed women to propose to men on the "Leap Day" instead of the other way around. Well, hellooo! women power...And I'm guessing that most bachelors in Ireland are in hiding today....