We have finally entered a leap year once again — and there are so many reasons to celebrate!
Granted, February 29 only comes around once every four years, and is in no way as hotly anticipated as some other holidays, like beloved Valentine’s Day.
But below, we uncover some of the strangest, most fascinating facts about this quirky phenomenon called leap day.
We’ll look at a few amazing customs and superstitions that some people have. Some of these beliefs may seem a little perplexing and odd, but it’s always fun to see how differently people from other countries and cultures behave and think.
From reversing gender roles for one day to associating the date with terribly bad luck, these customs have lasted for centuries, and can give us incredible insight into cultural norms from back in the day.
Scroll down to discover the strangest customs and traditions associated with leap day, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
February 29, also known as the “leap day” of the Gregorian calendar (the most widely used civil calendar in the world), is a day that takes place mostly during years that are divisible by four.
So, years including 2004, 2008, and 2012 were leap years, and this year, we will finally be celebrating leap day again!