And you know what that means… Women all over the world will be kick starting their marriages with proposals! Yes, that’s right in a leap year, traditionally women can propose to men!
The tradition was introduced many centuries ago to allow women to propose to men during a leap year. This privilege of proposing was restricted to leap day in some areas. Leap day was sometimes known as “Bachelors’ Day”. The guys were expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage offer from a woman.
The tradition’s origin started back in Ireland in a tale where St Bridget striking a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. There is no reason a women can propose to a man at any time, however many women take advantage of the “tradition” to get their mans butt into gear!
Many weddings also take place in a leap year on the coveted February 29th date which only comes around once every four years, making wedding anniversaries few and far between!
Also brides, we will soon be announcing a special Leap Year competition with great prizes for couples on February 29th… Stay tuned to find out more!
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