If you have given your heart, soul, and time to a man and he’s been to slow to pop the question, today is your day.
The legend goes that in Ireland sometime during the fifth century St. Bridget went to St. Patrick and complained women were having to wait too long for marriage proposals. He agreed to let women take charge once every four years. Generous huh? 😉 Well, really he wanted to make it once every seven years, but she was able to talk him into the four. If the man refuses, he is supposed to give her a silk gown to soften the blow. Not sure a gown is worth all that trouble, but at least you won’t walk away empty handed.
Need some new gloves? In many European countries, if a woman asks the object of her affections to marry her on Leap Day and he refuses, he must buy her twelve pairs of gloves. It was said that the gloves would help hide her embarrassment over not having a ring on her finger. There were apparently even laws in the middle ages governing the custom.
Ah, but beware of rushing into things. In Greece it’s bad luck to marry during leap year. Yes, I did go back and look. My marriage is safe. 🙂 Dodged a bullet on that one.
Some interesting Leap Day facts:
Sadie Hawkins dances spun off of the comic Li’l Abner by Al Capp, which may have been inspired by the Leap Day tradition.
1504 – Christopher Columbus tricked Native Americans into giving him supplies based on his knowledge of a lunar eclipse
1692 – The first arrest warrants were issued in the Salem witchcraft trials
1940 – Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind
Best movies/show to watch today are Pirates of Penzance and Leap Year.
Are you doing anything special this Leap Day? We only get this day once every four years so enjoy it. And for those who plan to propose to their noncommittal hero, I wish you a Happily Ever After and not gloves or a gown.