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February Gets an Extra Day: It’s Leap Year Again!


Today marks February 29th, 2024, a special day known as Leap Day. This unique date only appears every four years, and it serves an important purpose in keeping our calendars aligned with the Earth’s revolution around the Sun.

While a year is commonly thought of as 365 days, Earth’s actual journey around the Sun takes slightly longer – roughly 365.242 days. This quarter-day difference might seem insignificant, but if left unaccounted for, it would throw our seasons and calendar months out of sync over time.

Leap year solves this problem by adding an extra day to February, bringing the total number of days in the year to 366. This adjustment ensures that the calendar year stays roughly in line with the Earth’s orbital period, preventing the seasons from drifting significantly.

Leap year fun facts:

  • Leap year was first introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC as part of the Julian calendar.
  • The tradition of women proposing marriage on Leap Day originated in Ireland and Scotland in the 5th century.
  • There are a few exceptions to the four-year leap year rule. While most years divisible by 4 are leap years, those divisible by 100 but not by 400 are not. For example, 1900 was not a leap year, but 2000 was.

So, the next time you encounter February 29th, remember it’s not just an extra day on the calendar; it plays a crucial role in keeping our seasons and calendar months in harmony with our planet’s journey around the Sun.