Leap Year


Leap year happens every four years. The month of February has 29 days on a leap year, where on a normal year when it has 28 days. Leap year happens because every year there are 365.25 days. This is because it takes 365.25 days to fully orbit the solar system, thus creating a new day every four years.

Then every fourth year it adds up to 366 days in that year. Thus creating leap year.     Harvest Middle school celebrates leap year by participating in Miss-Matched spirit days.

Leap year originally began in the year 45 BC. It was first seen on the Julian calendar created by Julian Caesar. The calendar featured a 12-month, 365-day year, with a added on day every fourth year in the month of February. However, this calendar, when it was first made, consisted of February having 30 days and August having 29. Later When Caesar Augustus became emperor he changed this so “his” month had the same amount as Caesar’s. He reduced February to 28 days to have the same amount as Caesar’s.

The Georgian calendar follows three rules to determine which years are leap years: If a year can be divided into 4, then it is a leap year. However, if it can be divided by 100 it is not. However if it can be divided by 400 is it. But despite this process the calendar is still not perfect. Every 3,236 years it will be out a day. So unfortunately, the Julian calendar is 13 days off.

Leap Year birthdays are actually more common than most people think. Expert Courtney Taylor, says that about 0.07 percent of the worlds population was born on a leap year’s day, or 4.8 million people.

And although Leap year only happens every four years, there aren’t many traditions that follow this holiday. The most famous tradition is women proposing to men. The Legend states that in 5th Century Ireland,  St Bridget complained to St Patrick about women having to wait too long to propose on February 29. Although the more observant may note this could still result in a wait of nearly four years, the tradition has nonetheless gained popularity since the 19th Century.

All scientists know is that when the world will end, it is estimated to be on a Leap Year day. However, scientists have not been able to exactly to predict when the end of the world will be.