Saturday, February 29, 2020 is Leap Day
Five Leap Year traditions that you might not know about
Exclusive societies, international sports and old-fashioned romance all have their roots in the traditions and superstitions of the Leap Year.
Once every four years, an extra day is added to the month of February, taking it from 28 to 29 days. The Earth orbits the sun once every 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 47 seconds, but our calendar is only 365 days long. This means making up for the shortfall.
The extra day was added to February because Roman emperors named months after themselves (July and August, for example) and then kept on poaching extra days to make their months longer, in a kind of "mine is longer than yours" competition. February was left short at 28 days, and was the obvious choice to even out the calendar..
This year the world adds the extra day, and with the addition of February 29 comes all sorts of traditions and superstitions.
1. Women can propose to men.
This tradition is probably the best known and dates back to 5th Century Ireland when St Brigid allegedly struck a deal with St Patrick, allowing women to propose on February 29.
Of course, society has evolved to a point where such traditions aren't needed these days, but if you're keen on observing it, the best luck goes to those women who wear pants or a red petticoat while down on one knee.
If you'd like to follow things through completely, a woman's proposal scorned does carry a fine under Leap Year rules. Should the object of your affections knock you back, you may claim in return either 12 pairs of gloves or a silk dress. Choose wisely.
2. Babies can join a club.
Those born on the 29th have exclusive membership to the The Honour Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
Benefits of joining this group are hard to find, although it apparently takes great pride in ensuring websites include the option for February 29 birth date when signing up.
The society boasts more than 10,000 members of the 4 million Leap Year babies globally.
3. Leap Year Capital of the World.
This year's summer Olympics will be in Rio.
The city of Anthony, which sits across the border of two American states - Texas and New Mexico - has nominated itself the Leap Year Capital of the World. It holds a four-day festival to celebrate the occasion, including a huge birthday party for Leap Day babies.
4. Modern Olympics are always held in a Leap Year.
This appears to be a fluke - it's a good fun fact. This year's Olympics will be Rio de Janiero in Brazil. A Leap Year also marks the US Presidential elections.
5. February 29 also marks Rare Disease Day.
There are about 7000 diseases considered rare. Examples include Crohns Disease and Tourette Syndrome.
Birthdays/anniversaries we are celebrating this week:
Sunday: Wiblem87 - Matt from Illinois
hemiram13 - Justin from Florida
If it's your birthday/anniversary/special occasion let us know and we will celebrate with you.
TOTM is back with a little twist. This year we are going to do it a little different. Post a picture and a write up of your ride between the 1st-21st then we vote the 22nd-months end. After the voting the winner will be messaged for email info. The email is for the digital TOTM award. Printing and shipping them was getting pricey and time consuming. The awards will be printable on your end and then you can frame them. Thanks to Keith (charged392) for heading this up!
It's time to look forward to the 2020 Rally!! The rally will be in Fort Worth, Texas!!! Check the thread out and start making plans to attend. The Hemi Truck Club Rally is a family friendly event open to all HTC members and their guests.
Chatroom is back!! Join us every Thursday evening at 7:00 CST for chatroom. See what going on with the rest of the HTC'ers.
If you have a prayer request you would like to share either add it to this thread or PM me.
*HemiSuperbee - Mark - health concerns
*Rancher - Doug said to take him off the list but I think a quick prayer for his general health issues isn't a bad idea
*Doc's mother - recent fall resulting in fractured femur & surgery, she is currently in rehab
*BlackTRX - Roy - new cancer diagnosis
*Studmuffin - Morris' brother-in-law, David, with liver failure
*boedacres - Steve - health issues including diabetes
*SuperBee - John & his wife - health issues
Have a gread week!!!