Yesterday was Monday. Yesterday was February 29, 2016. Which meant that Monday was that one extra day given to February this year, and it was a leap year.
For most of us, so what? But for the minority of those who were born on February 29, it is a big deal to them because they only get to celebrate their birthdays once in every four years! Hell, that IS a big deal now! Imagine the envy and jealousy the February 29 babies must be feeling for the rest of us get to celebrate our birthdays every year, without fail.
Why Do Leap Years Exist?
A leap year is when an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, and it all boils down to the Gregorian calendar’s disparity with the solar system. You see, a complete orbit of the Earth around the Sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. Hence, the leap seconds (and years) are added on as a means of keeping our clocks and calendars in sync with the Earth and its seasons.
Did you know…?
Motivational speaker Tony Robbins and rapper Ja Rule are also leap year babies!
Celebrating Leap Year Birthdays in Style
I have a friend from primary school who is a leap year baby. Sometimes I wonder how she gets by with everyone she knows celebrating their birthdays, year in year out. This year, however, would be her very special day. I wonder how she celebrated it.
There are those who chose the nightlife to party and dance the hours away. Some went for a more decent and subdued celebrations that involved dining out or throwing themed birthday parties at their homes. Others preferred a bigger and more significant event, such as two-day birthday festivals and massive singing parties where you were the centre of attention just for that day, since their big days only come once every four years. Then there are some who are in for an even bigger surprise; there have been cases when the person celebrating his or her leap year birthday would soon become a father or a mother to a newborn baby whose due date falls on the same day as either parent’s birthday! Now how cool is that? Imagine having both parent and child celebrating their big days together.
However, medical experts believed that those born on February 29 are at risk of “suffering from health and psychological effects“. How true that would be, I wouldn’t know, but perhaps this link might be able to enlighten you more about it.