Happy Leap Day!

Stephen ShorttBlog

Today is the 29th of February.

This date only happens once every four years and has some interesting stories and side effects.  The current Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague is celebrating his 11th birthday today!

Many people whose birthdays fall on Feb 29th celebrate every year either on February 28th or March 1st but every four years throw a huge party to celebrate in style.

An interesting world record is listed on the Guinness World Records site:

The only verified example of a family producing three consecutive generations born on 29 February is that of the Keoghs. Peter Anthony (Ireland) (b.1940), his son Peter Eric (UK) (b.1964) and his granddaughter Bethany Wealth (UK) (b.1996) all celebrate their birthdays infrequently every four years.

The most famous tradition in Ireland for Leap Day is that traditionally it’s the day that a woman can propose to a man and he cannot say no.  Unfortunately, Hollywood seems to have found out about this tradition and they made a “Romantic Comedy” about it which I can honestly say I haven’t seen and have no real desire to see.  You can watch the trailer for it and make up your own mind!