Aren’t we lucky? One more day to call our own this year as the 29th of February decides to pop up and say “Hello!” This event only happens once every four years, but that’s not the only reason that this day in particular is special. Tradition states that this is the one day in our calendar that is it considered acceptable for women to get down on bended-knee and propose to their partner. This stems from old Irish legend or history where, accordingly, St Bridget made a deal with St Patrick to allow this role-reversal to take place on this specific day, once every four years. According to beliefs, this would have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in the same way that the Leap Day balances our calendar.
Some places have named this day ‘Bachelor’s Day’ for the same reason. On this day, a man is expected to pay a penalty for refusing the proposal on the Leap Day, which would range from £1 to a full silk dress depending on the type of proposal, the length of their relationship, or even the status of the woman in question. European countries hold their own traditions for this day. In Denmark, if refusal of proposal occurs, the man is expected to send the woman 12 pairs of gloves. This is so that the woman in question is able to wear these to hide the embarrassment of not wearing an engagement ring. In Finland, tradition states that the man is to buy the woman fabrics for a skirt if he refuses, and in Greece it is considered unlucky to marry in a Leap Year at all.
So there you have it, Ladies! Whether you decide to pop the question this year or not, I hope you have a wonderful engagement, and a joyous Wedding Day.
Lots of Love and Wedded bliss