Have you ever wondered what a Leap Year is or why Leap Day ever came to be? It's 2012 and the end of February this year will have a Leap Day, so I got to wondering a little bit about the day and its origins. Here's some info I found on the web...
Leap Year began as a tradition by adding one additional day to the year in order to keep the calendar year and season year synchronized. It really only takes 365.25 days for the Earth to orbit the sun, leaving an extra quarter of a day each year up in the air. To solve this little problem we tack the four quarters (making one whole day) onto the end of February in a Leap Year. This day is known as Leap Day.
Let's dive into some Leap Day fun facts:
· Your chances of being born on a leap day are approximately 1 in 1500. There are about 187,000 people in the US and 4 million people in the world who were born on Leap Day.
· The exact amount of time it takes for the Earth to rotate around the sun is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds.
· Only years divisible by 4 have leap days.
· Want to know what day of the week Leap Day will be? It occurs on the same day every 28 years. That means it will be 2040 before Leap Day is on a Wednesday again.
· Sweden once had an extra Leap Day, February 30th, in 1712.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about this rare holiday. Have a great Leap Day and happy 2012