WERE you born on Leap Day and looking forward to celebrating on your big day?  Or are you looking to propose on such a special day?

If so, please let us know so that we can feature you!

February 29
February 29 (Alan Quick, Crediton Courier)

February 29 is a leap day (or “leap year day”), an intercalary date added periodically to create leap years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

It is the 60th day of a leap year in both calendars, and 306 days remain until the end of the leap year.

In the Gregorian calendar, the standard civil calendar used in most of the world, February 29 is added in each year that is an integer multiple of four unless it is evenly divisible by 100 but not by 400.

For example, 1900 was not a leap year but 2000 was. The Julian calendar, since 1923 a liturgical calendar, has a February 29 every fourth year without exception.

Consequently, February 29 in the Julian calendar, since 1900, falls 13 days later than February 29 in the Gregorian, until the year 2100.


According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.

This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.


“Leaplings”, as babies born on Febuary 29, are sometimes known, can simply choose to celebrate their birthday on March 1 on non-leap years. If that’s you, happy (slightly late) birthday!

If you were born on February 29, or are planning to propose, do let us know, email: [email protected] .

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