In Ireland and Britain, it is a tradition that women propose marriage in leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland.
In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, February 29.
In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.
In France, since 1980, a satirical newspaper entitled La Bougie du Sapeur is published only on leap year, on February 29.
In Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year.
In February 1988 the town of Anthony in Texas, USA declared it “leap year capital of the world”, and an international leaping birthday club was started.
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