Leap Year Wedding Traditions

The year 2012 is not only an election year but also a leap year, meaning that February has 29 days. According to tradition, February 29th is the day that it is appropriate for a woman to propose marriage to her reticent beau. Legend has it that in ancient Ireland, St. Brighid complained to St. Patrick that women were unhappy that they had to wait so long for their men to propose. As a compromise, St. Patrick authorized February 29th as the date that women could propose marriage.

Leap year is also a popular wedding date for couples with a sense of humor; or husbands who want far fewer opportunities to forget their wedding anniversary.