This year, 2012, has 366 days in it. Nearly every four years, February is extended by one extra day, February 29th.
Many do not know why February adds one day every four years. According to timeanddate.com, Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days to circle once around the sun. If we did not add the 29th nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After 100 years our calendars would be off by 24 days.
There are many traditions and superstitions about Leap Day. Just like the 2010 film, Leap Year, there is a tradition in Scotland which allows women to propose to their men on this day.
Scotland also looks at Leap Year as bad luck for anyone who was born on the 29th. In Greece it is said to be bad luck to marry the 29th.
There is an Honors Society of Leap Year Day Babies, the site invites Leap Day babies to join others who celebrate this day. Around the world, February 29th is a very special day for those born on Leap Day and there are numerous celebrations. Imagine having your real birthday only every four years.
Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California are celebrating Leap Day by having their parks open for 24 hours straight, “One More Disney Day.” This is the first time in history Disney has done this. Guest can enter the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland at 6 am February 29th and stay until 6 am March 1st.
“One More Disney Day”
Disney will have their regularly scheduled shows, parades, and park entertainment. Guest will also be treated to special entertainment such as, “Disneys Dance the Night Away Party” at Cinderellas Castle in Walt Disney World Florida. Special character appearances throughout the parks including Mickey and Minnie wearing their pajamas.
For more “One More Disney Day” information visit doctordisney.com
Will you be doing anything special to celebrate an extra day?