Updated 02/27/2012 08:57 AM
What is a Leap Day?
This Wednesday isn’t just another ordinary day on the calendar. As you know, it's a day that only comes every four years. Our own Elyse Mickalonis has more on the history of Leap Year.
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U.S. -- If you're a bunny, everyday is leap day, but if you're like me or many other people around the world this Wednesday is a special day. That's because this year is a Leap Year and that means February is a day longer this year. But why?
“I just know there’s an extra day, that’s pretty much it,” said Jake Berman, Woodberry resident.
Jessica Mandell added, “It happens every four years and we get an extra day and it makes the year one day longer.”
Joe Masciana added, “It only happened every four years, because the day is not actually 24 hours long, or something like that.”
They’ve almost got it. The day was first added to the calendar by Julius Caesar in 45 BC and recalculated by Pope Gregory thirteenth in 1582 as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in exactly 365 days.
“I love it,” said Masciana. “I think it’s awesome that it only comes every four years.”
He’s not the only one -- in the British Isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. But in Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. And if you’re a leapling, people always have something to ask.
“How old do you consider yourself?” Mandell asked.
“Maybe they have special powers or something?” Berman asked.
But it’s not just leaplings who are excited about their birthdays.
“I think they should throw a giant party and invite all their friends and go crazy because they’re not going to have another birthday for four years,” said Mandell.
So if you know a leapling, don’t forget to wish them a happy birthday this Wednesday, because they won’t get another one until 2016.