As we all know, Leap Day comes around once every four years. But what do you really know about Leap Day, its history and its traditions? Keep reading to learn more (and make sure not to miss our bottom point--the most important one!)
Why add a leap day?: Leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun.
It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This called a tropical year. Without an extra day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.
Leap year babies: People born on leap day are often called "leaplings" or "leapers." Most of them celebrate their birthday on Feb. 28 or March 1 on non-leap years.
There's a leap year club: The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies is a club for people born on Feb. 29. More than 10,000 people worldwide are members.Read more Leap Year facts here.
One more thing...rumor has it that any fabric purchased on February 29th does NOT count toward your fabric budget for the year! :)