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Leap Year Reversals

Here it is, gals, a chance that only comes up once every four years – and only one day – February 29.

In Western culture, it is the day that women can propose to men!

I don’t know anyone who has actually done this, proposed on February 29, but it’s an old legend.

The below is from Leap Year Traditions where you can read all kinds of information about today’s uniqueness.

Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage. In many of today’s cultures, it is okay for a woman to propose marriage to a man. Society doesn’t look down on such women. However, that hasn’t always been the case. When the rules of courtship were stricter, women were only allowed to pop the question on one day every four years. That day was February 29th.


February 29, 2008 - Posted by | Cross Cultural, Holiday, Relationships


  1. I didn’t know that.
    Thanks for that piece of history :D!

    Comment by Nicole | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. I like this day 🙂

    Comment by Purgatory | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. thats nice.. i would do that if Mr. i love you bunch is around

    Comment by Judy Abbott | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. “it is okay for a woman to propose marriage to a man.”

    In that case I’m all ears, Intlx.

    Comment by amer | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. im so sick of doing all the work 😛

    Comment by Chirp | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  6. You are welcome, Nicole!

    Purg – You’d better hide, all the women running to propose to you!

    Oh Judy, I wish he were near by! He’d have a joyful surprise, wouldn’t he?

    Oh Amer, I’m betting your better half would have a think or two to say to me about that!

    Chirp – I imagine the hard work for you is fighting off all the guys running after YOU! 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  7. It’s my friend’s birthday, I feel sorry for her in a way. In another way, it’s kind of special:)

    Comment by Big Pearls | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. It’s pretty cool to only have a birthday once every four years! On the other hand, when you’re a kid, it probably doesn’t feel cool or special, it would probably be annoying.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  9. Aah if I had a special someone I would wait for him to propose! (BTW, I’m Kaileena =D)

    Comment by Olórin | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  10. Kaileena! Did you change your blog? I thought you were some Scandinavian or something, with the new name!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  11. LOL! No I didn’t change the blog! Just the nickname for awhile! I just love this name! =D

    Comment by Olórin | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  12. I am salvation army material, I am safe ;p

    Comment by Purgatory | March 1, 2008 | Reply

  13. Purg – Salvation Army material – LLLOOOLLLLL – did you post that comment on the wrong entry??

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 1, 2008 | Reply

  14. Nope 🙂

    Comment by Purgatory | March 1, 2008 | Reply

  15. *still laughing, Purg*

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 2, 2008 | Reply

  16. its my bday!

    Comment by Maze | March 3, 2008 | Reply

  17. Happy, happy birthday, Maze. I read about your “8 year” party – sounded like everyone had a great time!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 3, 2008 | Reply

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