Interesting facts and signs about a leap year
2016 is a leap year, in which there are 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. Leap year has been proposed to synchronize calendars. Did you know that not every 4th year is a leap year? Why is a leap year considered unhappy, and what are the signs associated with this? Here are a few things you may not have known about a leap year.
What does a leap year mean?
1. A leap year is a year in which 366 days, not 365 as usual. An additional day in a leap year is added in February - February 29 (a leap day).
An extra day in a leap year is necessary because a full revolution around the Sun takes a little more than 365 days, more precisely, 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.
Once upon a time, people followed a calendar of 355 days with an additional month of 22 days every two years. But in 45 BC Julius Caesar, together with the astronomer Sozigen, decided to simplify the situation, and the Julian 365-day calendar was developed with an additional day every 4 years to compensate for the additional hours.
This day was added in February, since it was once the last month in the Roman calendar.
2This system was supplemented by Pope Gregory XIII (who introduced the Gregorian calendar), who introduced the term "leap year" and declared that a year that is a multiple of 4th and a multiple of 400, but not a multiple of 100, is a leap year.
So according to the Gregorian calendar, 2000 was a leap year, but 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not.
What years are leap years in the 20th and 21st century?
1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, 2044, 2048, 2052, 2056, 2060, 2064, 2068, 2072, 2076, 2080, 2084, 2088, 2092, 2096
February 29th is a leap day
3. February 29 is considered the only day when a woman can make a marriage proposal to a man. This tradition originated in the 5th century in Ireland, when Saint Brigitte complained to Saint Patrick that women had to wait too long for fans to offer.
Then he gave women one day in a leap year - the last day in the shortest month, so that women could make an offer to a man.
According to legend, Brigitte immediately got on her knees and made an offer to Patrick, but he refused, kissing her cheek, and offered her a silk dress to soften the refusal.
4. According to another version, this tradition appeared in Scotland, when Queen Margarita, at the age of 5, announced in 1288 that a woman could make an offer to any man she liked on February 29.
She also set the rule that those who refused should pay a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress, a pair of gloves or money. To warn fans in advance, the woman was supposed to wear pants or a red petticoat on the day of the offer.
In Denmark, a man who refuses a woman’s offer of a hand and heart must give her 12 pairs of gloves, and in Finland a fabric for a skirt.
Leap Year Wedding
5. Every fifth couple in Greece avoids marriage in a leap year, as it is considered to be a failure.
In Italy, it is believed that in a leap year a woman becomes unpredictable, and at this time there is no need to plan important events. So, according to the Italian saying "Anno bisesto, anno funesto". ("Leap Year - Doomed Year").
Born February 29
6. The chances of being born on February 29 are 1 in 1461. Worldwide, about 5 million people were born on a leap day.
7. For many centuries, astrologers believed that children born on a leap day have unusual talents, a unique personality, and even special powers. Famous people born February 29 include the poet Lord Byron, composer Gioachino Rossini, and actress Irina Kupchenko.
eight.In Hong Kong, the official birthday for those born on February 29 is considered to be March 1 in normal years, and in New Zealand - February 28. If you correctly calculate the time, then traveling from one country to another, you can celebrate the longest birthday in the world.
9. The city of Anthony in Texas, USA is the self-proclaimed "world capital of a leap year." The festival is held here every year, where people from all over the world, born on February 29, gather.
10. The record of the largest number of generations born on a leap day belongs to the Keogh family.
Peter Anthony Keogh was born on February 29, 1940 in Ireland, his son Peter Eric was born on February 29, 1964 in Great Britain, and his granddaughter Bethany Wealth was on February 29 in 1996.
11. Karin Henriksen from Norway holds the world record for the birth of the largest number of children on a leap day.
Her daughter Heidi (Heidi) was born on February 29, 1960, the son of Olav on February 29 in 1964 and the son of Leaf-Martin on February 29 in 1968.
12. In the traditional Chinese, Jewish and Old Indian calendar, not a leap day is added to the year, but a whole month. It is called the "false month". It is believed that children born in a leap month are harder to bring up.In addition, it is considered unsuccessful to start serious business in a leap year.
Leap Year: Signs and Superstitions
Since ancient times, a leap year has always been considered difficult and bad for many beginnings. In folk beliefs, the leap year is associated with Saint Kasian, who was considered evil, envious, stingy, unmerciful and brought people to misery.
According to legend, Kasyan was a bright angel, whom God trusted all plans and intentions. But then he went over to the side of the Devil, telling that God intends to overthrow the whole satanic power from heaven.
For treason, God punished Kasyan, ordering him to beat him on the forehead with a hammer for three years, and in the fourth year he was allowed to go to the ground, where he committed unkind acts.
There are many signs associated with a leap year:
First, in a leap year, you cannot start anything. This applies to important business, business, major purchases, investments and construction.
Also in a leap year it is not recommended to change anything, since it will not bring the desired result and may even become disastrous. In such a period, you should not plan to move to a new home, change jobs, divorce or get married.
Can I get married or marry in a leap year?
Leap year is considered extremely unsuccessful for marriage. For a long time, it was believed that a wedding played in a leap year would lead to an unhappy marriage, divorce, betrayal, widowhood, or the marriage itself would be short-lived.
Such a superstition is probably related to the fact that in a leap year, girls could have been married to any young man they liked, who could not refuse to offer. Often such marriages were forced, and therefore family life was not asked.
However, it is worthwhile to treat these signs wisely and understand that everything depends on the spouses themselves and on how they build relationships. If you are still planning a wedding, there are several ways to mitigate the "consequences":
Brides are advised to wear a long wedding dress covering their knees in order to make marriage lasting.
Wedding dress and other wedding accessories are not recommended for anyone to give.
The ring must be worn on the hand, not the glove, since wearing a ring on the glove will cause the spouses to be light on their marriage
To protect the family from misfortune and misfortune, a coin was put into the shoes of the bridegroom and the bride.
The bride should keep the spoon from which the bridegroom ate, and on the 3rd, 7th and 40th day after the wedding, the wife was supposed to give her husband to eat from this spoon.
What not to do in a leap year?
· In a leap year, do not carol at Christmas time, as it is believed that you can lose your happiness. Also, by accepting a caroller who dresses in an animal or monster, can adopt the personality of evil forces.
· Pregnant women should not get a haircut before giving birth, as the child may be born unhealthy.
· In a leap year, you should not start building a bath, which can lead to ailments.
· In a leap year, it is not recommended to tell others about your plans and intentions, as luck may turn away.
· Do not recommend selling or exchanging animals and do not drown kittens, as this will lead to poverty.
· You can not collect mushrooms, as it is believed that they all become poisonous.
· In a leap year, there is no need to celebrate the appearance of the first tooth in a child. If you accept guests, your teeth will be bad.
· You can not change work or apartment. By accepting a new place will be joyless and restless.
· If a child is born in a leap year, he should be baptized as soon as possible, and the godparents should be chosen among blood relatives.
· Older people should not be able to buy things for funerals in advance, as this may bring death closer.
· You can not divorce, because in the future you can not find your happiness.