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Leap Year Day Celebration

Updated on February 26, 2013

What is Leap Year Day?

A leap year is a year that has one extra day in it. A leap year occurs roughly every four years. Most years have 365 days, but a leap year has 366 days. The extra day is added onto the end of the shortest month, February; in a leap year, February has 29 days (instead of its usual 28 days). February 29 is called leap day.

And how do you celebrate it?

While there seems to be no official food designated to celebrate this day with, some people choose to make green, or frog decorated, cupcakes, cookies, etc. And some area restaurants have special events prepared for this day, including the Napa Valley Leap Year Culinary Crawl.

This is still a work in progress. I have more things I am adding, but wanted to get it up already. :)

Why Do We Have Leap Years?

A year is defined as the time it takes for the Earth to orbit around the sun once. It takes the Earth about 365 1/4 days to make one entire orbit around the sun (a day is one rotation around the Earth's axis). By adding one extra day about every four years, the Earth is in the same point of its orbit at the same time of the calendar year each year.

Before a leap-year calendar was used, the seasons drifted around the calendar (the drift is about 1/4 day or 6 hours each year). For example, over three hundred years, July would go from summer to spring. Our current calendar is called the Gregorian calendar; this calendar was devised by Aloysius Lilius (an Italian physician) and named for Pope Gregory who decreed in 1582 that it be used in Catholic areas. This calendar wasn't adopted in Britain and the American Colonies until 1752.

Are you a leapling?

Were you born on February 29? People born on leap day (February 29) can celebrate their birthday on March 1 (or February 28) on non-leap years. A person born on a leap day is sometimes called a leapling or a leaper.

If you were born on Leap Day, check out The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

Celebrity Leap Year Birthdays

1468 - Pope Paul III (d. 1549)

1792 - Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (William Tell, The Barber of Seville) (d. 1868)

1896 - Morarji Desai, former Indian prime minister (d. 1995)

1916 - Dinah Shore, American singer (d. 1994)

1924 - Al Rosen, American baseball player

1924 - Carlos Humberto Romero, former president of El Salvador

1944 - Dennis Farina, USA, Actor

1944 - Phyllis Frelich - deaf American actress, Member of National Theatre of the Deaf, Devil's Lake ND, (Love is Never Silent)

1956 - Peter Brouwer (LDB # 1 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Founded Leap Year Babies Honor Society (in 1997) and merged with Raenell to become the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

1960 - Raenell Dawn (LDB # 39 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Founded Leap Year Babies Limited (in 1987) and merged with Peter in 1997 to become the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

1960 - Heidi Henriksen - The 1st of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1960 - Anthony “Tony” Robbins - American Motivational Speaker

1964 - Olav Henriksen - The 2nd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1968 - Leif-Martin Henriksen - The 3rd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1972 - Antonio Sabato, Jr. - Italian-born actor

1972 - Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

1976 - Ja Rule - American Rapper and Actor

1980 - Simon Gagne, Canadian Hockey player, NHL player (Philly Flyers) who has been an all-star

1980 - Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer

1992 - Caitlin E.J. Meyer - Actress

Calendar Rhyme

Thirty days hath September,

April, June, and November,

All the rest have thirty-one,

Excepting February alone,

And it has twenty-eight days time,

But in leap years, February has twenty-nine.

Leap Year Day

Did you know the reason behind Leap Year Day?

See results

Leap Years 2012 - 2032

Day of the Week Leap Year Day Falls On

Year February 29

2012 Wednesday

2016 Monday

2020 Saturday

2024 Thursday

2028 Tuesday

2032 Sunday

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting how we have leap year. :)