Let’s face it. Most Americans are overworked, over-stressed and underpaid! Between the jobs, kids, pets and never-ending housework, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done. An extra hour or two could really help us check things off that “to do” list, right?
For those of you who need a little more time in your busy schedules, you’re in luck! 2012 is Leap Year. Instead of 365 days, you get an extra day this year! Yay! Leap Day, that extra day also known as intercalary day, occurs almost every four years (certain years are not Leap Years). Because the Earth completes its orbit around the sun in about 365 ¼ days, Leap Day helps the calendar and the solar year keep in sync. Julius Caesar created the special day thousands of years ago, in 45 BC. Leap Day is observed on February 29th.
When is Leap Year?
- Wednesday, February 29, 2012
- Monday, February 29, 2016
- Saturday, February 29, 2020
- Thursday, February 29, 2024
- Tuesday, February 29, 2028
Check out the Leap Year Calculator for more info.
Leap Day Fun
Just imagine being born or getting married on Leap Day! How old would you be? Singer and actress Dinah Shore, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule and hunky actor Antonio Sabato Jr., are all “29ers” or “leapers.”
And for all the men out there who tend to forget important dates, chances are pretty good the hubby could finally have a valid excuse to forget how many years you’ve been married if you got hitched on Leap Day! And speaking of marriage, according to Irish legend, women were allowed to propose to men on “Bachelors’ Day” instead of waiting around for the man to pop the big question. And if the man didn’t accept the proposal, he would pay for it – probably in more ways than one – unless he was already spoken for. It sure is interesting how some things change yet remain the same!
Leap Day Events
- For the very first time, both Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park will be open 24 hours from 6:00 A.M. on February 29th to 6:00 A.M. March 1st, 2012.
- Some countries are throwing birthday bashes and parties in honor of Leap Day.
- The Amphibian Ark is also getting in on the action by holding its Leaping Ahead of Extinction: A Celebration of Good News for Amphibians in 2012.
- What will you be doing to celebrate Leap Day this year? Post your photographs on the Leap Year 2012 Facebook page.
For more Leap Year fun, check out the 20 Free Leap Day Activities, Crafts & Coloring Projects for Kids. And be sure to watch Amy Adams in the 2010 comedy/romance film, Leap Year.