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Monday 29 February 2016

29th February 2016 : Leap Day : Leap Year

Leap Day, on February 29, has been a day of traditions, folklore and superstitions ever since Leap Years were first introduced by Julius Caesar over 2000 years ago.

Women Propose to Their Men:
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.

This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.

Gloves Hide Naked Ring Finger:
In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.

In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman's proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

Leap Day Babies World Record:
People born on February 29 are all invited to join The Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the only verified example of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 is that of the Keogh family. Peter Anthony was born in Ireland on a Leap Day in 1940, while his son, Peter Eric, was born in the UK on February 29, 1964. Peter Eric's daughter, Bethany Wealth, was also a Leap Day baby, born in the UK on February 29, 1996.

The Henriksen family from Andenes, Norway currently holds the official record for the most number of children born in one family on leap day. Karin Henriksen gave birth to three children on February 29; her daughter Heidi in 1960 and her sons Olav and Leif-Martin in 1964 and 1968.

When do Leap Day Babies Celebrate Their Birthdays:
Leap day on February 29 occurs (nearly) every four years, but leap day babies, or leaplings, still get to celebrate their birthdays in common years. Some celebrate on February 28, some prefer March 1. H
owever, many countries have laws defining which date a person born on February 29 comes of age in legal terms. For instance in New Zealand, the official birthday falls on February 28 in common years; in other countries like the United Kingdom, leap year babies have to wait until March 1.

Unlucky in Love:
In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on leap day, just as Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day by many. Greeks consider it unlucky for couples to marry during a leap year, and especially on Leap Day.

St Oswald’s Day:
Leap day is also St Oswald’s Day, named after the Archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. His memorial is celebrated on February 29 during leap years and on February 28 during common years.

See words above, and more, from articles here and here

Looking for a great LCHF leap day meal - how about this

Beef Bourguignon ... so low carb

using beautiful diced braising steak

using raspberries, blackberries, chocolate cream and coconut

Enjoy your day ...
Enjoy your life, love and health ...
Look after yourself, and loved ones, the best way you know how ...

All the best Jan


Jo said...

I wonder how many women will be proposing to their sweethearts today.

Anonymous said...

I've always thought it must be difficult to have a birthday on the 29th February. Those meal suggestions look very tasty.

Jenny S

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I have always felt sorry for the Leap Year babies. Wow, that sundae looks delicious.
Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Linda Kay said...

There are many very tasty items that contain low carbs...we have found many.

Amanda Peters said...

Proposed once... it was a disaster!!! very happily married to someone pass me the sundae...
Amanda xx

Things and Thoughts said...

Interesting to learn all these things Jan...Boeuf bourguignon is an exquisite recipe!Happy new week and hally new month!

Martha said...

Fun post and wonderful recipes!

Snowbird said...

What a lovely post, and how interesting, I did enjoy it!xxx

Launna said...

It's funny to read all the folklore...I never knew these ones... I think although cool to be born on February 29th, I like having the same day to celebrate my day. I hope you're doing well ♡ xox

DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting post Jan, those recipes have also gone on my list. Having company this weekend. Thank you :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Can I just say many thanks to :-


for your lovely comments

Hope you all had a good 'leap day'

All the best Jan

Lisa said...

I know someone who proposd to her boyfriend on leap year- he refused, but they are still together now 4 years later.
I like the tradition about the gloves, never heard of that before.
Lisa x

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, it's always interesting to read about the traditions of this day.

Many thanks for your comment

All the best Jan