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(Updated on 03/09/2013)




Time - Calendars



Vocabulary :


  • February 29, "known as a leap day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are evenly divisible by 4, such as 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 do not contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day; thus 1900 did not contain a leap day while 2000 did. Years containing a leap day are called leap years..."


Facts / Traditions :

  • Folk Traditions :
    "There is a popular tradition that a woman may propose marriage to a man on February 29. In Greece it is considered unlucky to marry on this day.[8][9] "

  • Top 20 craziest facts about leap years
    "Everyone knows why we have leap years - to keep our calenders in sync, stupid - but here are some crazy facts about February 29 that won't make you yawn."




Postcards :

  • Leap Year Day
    "2012 is a leap year, which means that February has an extra day: 29 instead of the usual 28. And today, in case you hadn't noticed, is February 29th, also known as leap year day!
    In the British Isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years.Mail Online has an interesting article some vintage postcards relating to this custom..."




  • Trending Today: Leap Day - Text + Audio - 29 February 2016
    "February 29 is Leap Day. It only comes around once every four years.
    It is not a holiday, but everyone seems to enjoy celebrating 2016’s extra day."


INTERACTIVE activities :

  • Leap Year Quiz - interactive + DISCUSSION + ALSO SEE + Related articles


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Cinema :

  • Leap Year "is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Anand Tucker and starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. The film is about a woman who heads to Ireland to force her boyfriend to accept her wedding proposal on leap day, when Irish tradition holds that men cannot refuse a woman's proposal for marriage. Her plans are interrupted, however, when she hires a handsome innkeeper to take her to her boyfriend in Dublin. The film premiered in New York City on January 6, 2010.[3] ..."