Leap Day Luck and Lore

A person born on Leap Day is called a leaping or leaper. While some may find it unfair they only have a true birthday every four years, others relish in the fact that they can celebrate a full day early if they wish. In Scotland it is considered unlucky to be born on Leap Day, and in other cultures the entire year is believed to bring bad luck. For example, in Greece it is unlucky to marry during a leap year.

While marrying on a leap year may be avoided, getting engaged is perfectly acceptable. In fact, on Leap Day women are allowed to propose to their man if they choose. Centuries ago a man even had to pay a fine or give a gift if he declined the proposal!

Sources: about.com


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