"Happy Leap Day - February 29" Ireland Local Custom Tip by lbhspatriot

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The world knows that a leap year occurs every 4 years when an extra day is added to the calendar to make up for the fact that a solar year is longer than 365 days, but in Ireland it is not that simple!

According to Irish tradition, February 29 is also known as ?Ladies Privilege Day?.
On this day, women have the opportunity to propose marriage. It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. St. Patrick agreed to allow ?Ladies Privilege? once every four years and the tradition was established.

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  • Written Sep 20, 2008
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