Happy Leap Day!

I posted something on Facebook last night about how I wished I was having a baby today, and NO I’m not preggo!  I just think having a baby on a day that doesn’t come around every year would be unique and wonderful.  Leap Day is just one of those days that has to be taken advantage of… and not just by me…

 

Speaking of which… Ladies, how long have you been dating the guy you’re with now?  Has it been 3+ years?  Are you just sitting around waiting for them to propose?  Well, if so… today you’re in luck.  In Finland, Scotland and Ireland woman have been proposing to men on Leap Day for ages.  Of course if you’ve seen the movie Leap Day you would know this.  I’m not a huge Amy Adams fan, so I’m not sure if I’m going to run out to Blockbuster for that one!

Women in Finland are advised to propose only on Leap Day for good luck. If her boyfriend should refuse, he is required to pay her a “fine” which would be enough fabric to make a skirt.

In Scotland, an unmarried Queen Margaret allegedly enacted a law allowing women to propose on Leap Day. But there was a catch: The proposer had to wear a red petticoat (a skirt under her skirt) to warn her intended that she planned to pop the question.

Perhaps the most well-known of the leap-year marriage superstitions belongs to Ireland, where, again, women are advised to propose only on Leap Day for good luck.

Legend has it that St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun, asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant permission for women to propose after hearing complaints from single women whose suitors were too shy to propose. Initially, he granted women permission to propose  once every seven years, but at Brigid’s insistence, he agreed for the proposals to happen every Leap Day. The folk tale suggests that Brigid then dropped to a knee and proposed to Patrick that instant, but he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering a silk gown to soften the blow. The Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a woman’s leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown.

So women… don’t be afraid!  Either you’re getting a fiance or a fabulous new item for your wardrobe!  Head out there, claim your love… and celebrate Leap Day in style!

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