- Leap Year or ‘Bachelor day’ were first introduced by Julius Caesar over 2000 years ago.
- An old Irish legend says St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to the men – every four years….some say just as well!
- If refused the man (if he’s still alive ) has to pay a penalty. He has to give the unlucky lady 12 pairs of gloves to hide the naked finger.
- Leap day is also St Oswald’s Day, named after the archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992.
- On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black woman to win an Oscar, according to History.com. She was awarded for her role in Gone With the Wind.
Just a few factoids to help you take the leap this year… This is your chance!
Try this quiz….
How well do you know your leap year facts? I got 4 out of 6 right! http://www.cnet.com/news/quiz-how-many-leap-year-facts-do-you-know/ via @cnet
Prayer Written by Female Cleric: Possibly to prevent a tragic proposal on this day, a prayer was written to remind couples that wedding plans should not overtake preparations for a lifetime together.
“God of love, please bless (N) and (N)as they prepare for the commitment of marriage. May the plans for the wedding not overtake the more important preparation for their lifetime together. Please bless their family and friends as they prepare for this special day and may your blessing be upon them now and always. Amen.”
Ms Safirah Irani