Today is Leap Year Day (a.k.a. Ladies Day)!
Actually… this is to all the single gents out there. It’s Leap Year and February 29th is known as “Ladies day”. You know what that means don’t you? It’s the day when traditionally women can propose marriage. Back in the day when there were courtship “rules” (and when one only spoke of opposite sex marriages), the women were allowed to pop the question to a bachelor on one day only — every four years. That fateful day was February 29th. It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait so long for a man to propose. According to the legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year. Any bachelor who declined was subjected to penalty such as buying the lady in question twelve pairs of silk stockings.
And for any of you young bucks who don’t know about… ain’t never heard of Sadie Hawkins, let me school you. There was a comic strip called Li’l Abner that ran for 43 years, (August 13, 1934 through November 13, 1977). In this comic strip, they had a fictional holiday called Sadie Hawkins Day. This too is a day that women chased after any eligible bachelor and if they caught one, they could marry him! Although the celebrations are kinda the same, Sadie Hawkins day is celebrated in November.
So, be careful out there guys… run… don’t turn around… she might be right behind you! LOL! You better be on the look-out for those Sadie ladies!
Happy Leap Year Day / Ladies Day!
Always with Love!