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Leap Year Birthdays & Proposals

Monday sees the arrival of the 29th February, as 2016 is a leap year! A leap year occurs when an extra day is added to the end of February every 4 years. This is down to the difference between the solar system and the Gregorian calendar. "A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. So leap seconds - and leap years - are added as means of keeping our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons." (

I did a bit of research to see how/when Leap Year babies, or "Leaplings/Leapers", celebrate their birthdays. There are said to be 4.1 million leaplings around the world. Some of them choose to celebrate on the 28th February and some on the 1st March during non-leap years, and then have an extra special birthday when it is a leap year. So does that mean that they are technically only a quarter of their age, now that would be good! Do you know anyone with a leap year birthday?

Another thing that tends to happen in Leap Years is us ladies proposing to our partners. In this modern day and age of equality it is probably a bit old fashioned that it is the gentleman that still has to do the proposing, unless it's the 29th February. Surely if we want to get married we should be able to ask at any time! I think it'd just traditional though and so many people like to stick with traditions. My cousin actually proposed to her husband in 2008 on the 29th February and they are now happily married with a 4 year old son. Do you know any ladies who did the proposing?

As a special treat we'll include an extra little goodie in any gift baskets ordered for a leap day birthday or leap day engagement.

With Love, From The BG Team

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