Leap Year Lore and Leap Year Lovers
Leap Year is the legendary time when women can feel free to pop the question to their men.
It is an Irish legend that tells us St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women were having to wait far too long for a marriage proposal.
So he proclaimed February 29 as the day women could get down on one knee and ask a man to pledge his love eternal.
Since the opportunity only comes around every four years, the Saint built in a strategy for the possibility a guy may say no.
Rather than be rejected and dejected, reports The Telegraph.co.uk, "He also decreed ... that if turned down, the woman should extract a fine from the man or be given a beautiful garment of some kind."
So there you have it ladies. Ask ... and ye shall receive. If not an engagement ring, the guy will have to get you something for your efforts.
An Australian survey showed 20 per cent of women believe in the tradition and would propose to their sweeties. But most do not want to pay for their own engagement rings.
A British survey found that despite the tradition, men still feel it is their place to do the asking.
Do we think today is a great day to get married? Nah. Not only are you looking at anniversary gifts once every four years ... it might feel a little ungrounded to be in a marriage that technically can only be celebrated on the same date every four years.
Or, on the other hand, a Leap Year wedding day of February 29th might keep marriage fresh.
If you are getting married today, or just want to find out more about the various traditions, check out this article on everything you want to know about Leap Year traditions.
Frog and Frogett image from Favors By Serendipity.