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What is a Leap Year?

Leap day or otherwise known as leap year day, is an extra day which is added in the month of February in a leap year. February 29th adds up as the 60th day of a leap year in the “Gregorian” calendar. A leap year occurs in every four years, it occurs in years which can be evenly divided by four except for centenary years which are not divisible by 400.

Based on the Gregorian calender, a leap day is most likely to occur on Mondays or Wednesdays rather than other days since calender repeats itself every 400 years. Hence giving the possibility of February 29 to occur 15 times on a Monday or Wednesday, 14 times on a Friday or Saturday and 13 times on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday.

History behind a Leap Year

In ancient Rome, the leap day was marked on February 24 since February was the last month in their calendar. Addition were then made with extra months being added into the calender every few years to maintain the correct seasonal changes. The Julian calendar was formed in 45 BCE, which resulted in a leap day being added to the end of February every four years.

In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII helped improve the Julian calendar with a new rule. He made it particular that a century year is not a leap year unless it can be evenly divided by 400.

What are the Traditions or Superstitious beliefs followed by the Leap year?

There was a tradition which was introduced many centuries ago, it allowed women to propose to men during a leap year. Later this privilege of proposing was restricted to a leap day in some areas. Sometimes Leap day would also be considered as “Bachelors’ Day”. In accordance to the tradition, a man was expected to pay a penalty, such as money etc if he refused a marriage proposal which was offered from a woman.

Leap Years 1800 - 2400

1804
1808
1812
1816
1820
1824
1828
1832
1836
1840
1844
1848
1852
1856
1860
1864
1868
1872
1876
1880
1884
1888
1892
1896
1904
1908
1912
1916
1920
1924
1928
1932
1936
1940
1944
1948
1952
1956
1960
1964
1968
1972
1976
1980
1984
1988
1992
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012
2016
2020
2024
2028
2032
2036
2040
2044
2048
2052
2056
2060
2064
2068
2072
2076
2080
2084
2088
2092
2096
2104
2108
2112
2116
2120
2124
2128
2132
2136
2140
2144
2148
2152
2156
2160
2164
2168
2172
2176
2180
2184
2188
2192
2196
2204
2208
2212
2216
2220
2224
2228
2232
2236
2240
2244
2248
2252
2256
2260
2264
2268
2272
2276
2280
2284
2288
2292
2296
2304
2308
2312
2316
2320
2324
2328
2332
2336
2340
2344
2348
2352
2356
2360
2364
2368
2372
2376
2380
2384
2388
2392
2396
2400

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