It’s Leap Day, and that’s exciting because it’s a day that we only get to see once in four years. And in a world where there is never enough time, an extra 24 hours is a happy thought. But, with work, school, family, and other responsibilities still looming, it’s hard to view the time as “extra”. However you view Leap Day, though, there are some age-old traditions that are still associated with Leap Day today. Here are a few of the most popular:
- Women propose to men. According to an old Irish legend, women are allowed to propose to men on Leap Day. Many people believe that this deal was created to balance the traditional roles of men and women, just like Leap Day balances out the calendar. And men beware – refusing a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day has been known to result in the man paying a penalty.
- Babies born on Leap Day are honored. Yes, there is an Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies, and all you have to do to join is be born on February 29. Also, babies are often honored in the Guinness Book of World Records just for their day of birth.
- For some, Leap Day symbolizes bad luck. In some countries, Leap Day is considered an unlucky day, similar to Friday the 13th. In other countries, it is thought to be unlucky to get married on Leap Day or even during a Leap Year.
So maybe you don’t associate Leap Day with any of these traditions, but developing your own tradition with your family or friends could be a fun way to celebrate a Leap Year. Staff members at Southeast Psych have a few suggestions for Leap Day activities:
- Do something challenging. Take a “leap” by doing something that you might not normally do. A good place to start is with Groupon’s daily deals; you are bound to find something new and exciting, like a hot air balloon ride or an underground zipline tour.
- Reflect on your New Year’s resolutions. You may have set goals at the beginning of the year and now two months later, it’s easy to lose sight of them. Use this day to look at your progress and adapt your goals and action steps, if necessary.
- Plan a special meal. This day can be used as an excuse to spend more quality time with friends and family. Make something for dinner that you want to try, or add a celebratory dessert to your dinner menu. Southeast Psych planned a Chili and Macaroni-and-Cheese Cook-Off complete with score cards and all.
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