Happy Leap Day! This day only comes once every four years, so make the most out of it. Below are some fun facts about Leap Day, as well as a Leap Year Bucket List so you can take advantage of this quadrennial (once every four years) opportunity.
Leap Year Facts:
- Leap Year occurs in every year that is divisible by 4, but only in century years that are evenly divisible by 400. Therefore, year 2100 will not be a leap year, even though year 2000 was.
- Leap Year occurs in order to keep the Gregorian calendar synchronized since the earth takes approximately 365 ¼ days to fully orbit the sun (1 solar year).
- An 80-year old person born on February 29, will today be celebrating their 20th
- In the U.S., Leap Years also coincide with election years.
- The chance of being born on Leap Day is about 1 in 1,461.
- In some cultures, it is tradition for women to propose to men during a leap year.
- A person born on February 29th can be called a ‘leapling’ or a ‘leaper’.
Leap Year Bucket List
This year, you have an entire 24 hours more than you had last year – make sure to do something meaningful with it! Here’s a list of ideas for how to make it worthwhile.
- Throw a party.
- Place letters or sentimental items in a “time capsule” for you to open next leap year.
- Visit a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Take a day trip to The Golden Roll: Martins Visitor Center!
- Help out or volunteer.
- Have a cook-a-thon: try some new recipes here.
- Catch up on some task you’re behind on.
- Spend a day at your local aquarium.
- Take the opportunity to do some cleaning up around the house.
- Visit a national landmark.
What will you do with your extra 24 hours? Head to our social media sites and let us know!
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