Leap Year

Brooke Butler, contributor

 

Leap Year occurs mostly every four years. It’s when February has an extra day (29th) so due to the extra day instead of 365 days in a year its 366 days in a year to keep the calendar synchronized with the astronomical year (revolution around the sun). This causes holidays to land on different weekdays for example Valentine’s day is on Friday, Cinco De Mayo is on a Tuesday (taco Tuesday), July 4 is on a Saturday, Halloween is on a Saturday, Christmas is on a Friday, and The New Year will start with a three-day weekend, since Jan. 1, 2021, falls on a Friday. 

Some history behind leap years is that Leap years in the western calendar were first introduced over 2000 years ago by Roman general Julius Caesar. The Julian Calendar, which was named after him, this calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. 

Not many people know about Leap years but if you were to be born on February 29th “Leap day” your birthday would be every four years. Even though you would technically celebrate your birthday every year.