We all know once (about) every four years in February we get an extra day known as Leap Day. For most of us it means just another day…a Monday at that (who needs another one of those?). For those of us lucky folks that work on salary Leap Day means that we are working for free today. Single women that want to honor traditions of Leap Year could quite possibly be popping the question today (good luck to you ladies!). Others are getting their party hats out and calling all their friends together to celebrate on the actual date of their birth.
Leap day is many things to many people (and not much to most), but let’s go over a few things that we have learned about this extra day of the year.
- Is it in the stars? Astrologers believe that if you were born on Leap Day you possess unusual talents. Not only are you a Pisces (one of the nicest signs i know) but you are receptive, creative and very unique. It has been said that “leapers” have a magical sixth sense about the world and are naturally lucky. You have the ability to be grateful and insist on personal happiness. You do not accept (and actually enjoy) setbacks because it gives them a challenge to overcome and gain success in the opportunity. They truly embrace the arrow effect (must be pulled back to propel forward).
- Lucky in love? While Leapers are lucky – getting married on this day is considered very bad luck. Not just on the day itself but within the whole Leap Year. Much like a superstition like Friday the 13th, but then again not every one finds Friday the 13th unlucky (so you just do whatever tickles your fancy).
- I’ll ask if I wanna! It is rumored that Queen Margaret of Scotland enacted a law allowing women to propose on Leap Day (though the fact that Queen Margaret did this is disputed as she was five when this supposedly happened, but let’s go with this for a minute). This is known as the Proposal Trap. Women who were tired of waiting for their suitors to ask for their hand were allowed (really?! allowed?) to on this one day (about every four years) to become the suitor and ask for their gentleman’s hand in marriage. The only catch was that they had to wear a red petticoat so the lucky fella saw what was coming. And if he said no? Well she left probably upset, but with 12 new pairs of gloves because that was the sanction that would be placed on a man for saying no. She would have one new pair of gloves per month for a year to cover her bare ring finger (may be the better end of that deal anyway).
So have a great time with your Leaper friends, I’m sure they are not even close to being sick of hearing all the jokes. Take your 80-year-old grandpa out for a drink and make the bartender card him. “Sorry pops, maybe next…oh wait”. Check in with your girls that have been waiting for a ring for it seems like forever and make sure they know they just have to put on their red ‘I’m asking for what i want’ pants (guess that would work) and grab that bull by the horns. Just make sure you have a subscription to the Glove of the Month club if it doesn’t work out. And if you are getting hitched on Leap Day you’ve been warned (dun-dun-duuuun).
Enjoy your extra day, no matter what your plans, it’s a freebie!