Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year

A day that only comes once every 4 years, February 29th, is bound to bring about some strange traditions. It was added to adjust for seasonal shifts, but we have made so much more out of it.

According to Irish legend (there is even a movie made about it) women are allowed to propose to men on February 29th.

Sometimes it is called “Bachelor’s Day,” and men are expected to accept the proposal or pay a penalty, such as a sum of money.

In European upper classes men who refused a woman’s proposal were expected to buy 12 pairs of gloves. In this way the woman could wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.

I don't know why all of these have to do with marriage, but there you have it. Leap year is a holiday for the singles. Take that Valentine's day! *karate chop*


Anonymous said...

*karate chop*
................that had me laughing. :)

Tameri Etherton said...

Gloves to hide the fact that they are single? That's too funny. Thanks for sharing these fun facts. I never knew.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Some fun trivia I didn't know! This week, I blogged about my brother's mother-in-law, whose birthday is today. She's been on this earth for 80 years, but loves telling people she's celebrating her 20th birthday. The best part is, she has the energy and enthusiasm of a 20-year-old!

Susie Lindau said...

I had never heard that about girls ask guys...what fun!

Jennifer said...

That is hilarious and I love that is very cute and an Ireland visit is on my bucket list.

Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt said...

Amazing the things you learn by visiting blogs. I have never heard that tradition before. And I love the idea of buying glove to hide the shame of being unmarried! What a concept! My how the world has changed.

And you're right - take that Valentine's Day! (karate chop). (Love that!)

Thanks for the fun facts, Lena.

Patricia Rickrode
w/a Jansen Schmidt

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