Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Day - February 29th

From Wikipedia:
February 29 is a date that occurs only every four years, in years evenly divisible by 4, such as 1988, 1996, 2008 or 2016 (with the exception of century years not divisible by 400, such as 1900) for the Gregorian calendar, which is most widely used in the world today. These are called leap years, and February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of that year. February 29 is also known as bissextile day or Leap Day.

From :

bis·sex·tile (bī-sěk'stĭl, -stīl', bĭ-)


Of or relating to a leap year.
Of or relating to the extra day falling in a leap year.

n. A leap year.

So this date, February 29th, comes about only every four years. It’s a kind of special occasion. And for folks born on this date it’s a rather unusual thing - their birth date comes around only every fourth year. Sort of like using an Earth calendar while living on Mars. Or vice-versa.

Today is the Leap Day. So enjoy it. Or not. Just figured you’d want a reminder.



shoprat said...

I know a couple who got married on leapday and have been married 28 years but have only had 7 anniversaries.

WomanHonorThyself said...

aw nice!..I missed havin a leap year birthday by one day my friend..heh

Anonymous said...

I know a guy who was born on February now he's 9 years old, to a certain way of thinking.

Paul Mitchell said...

I did not know about the 400 thing and I do not have to ever worry about remembering either.