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Leap Day!

Hosted by the Consul of the Sydney Skywatchers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 29 Feb 15:00 - 18:00

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Protected content a Leap Year, so we get 1 extra day, 29th February. So why not spend this day enjoying with friends over drinks!

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Leap year has a major astronomical significance. A leap year is a calendar year containing an additional day added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year. Each leap year has Protected content instead of 365, by extending February to 29 days rather than the common 28.

Leap day has many cultural significances as well-

Women Propose to Their Men
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.

12 Pairs of Gloves
In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman's proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.