Leap Day babies, also known as leaplings, finally get to celebrate their calendar birthday — Feb. 29 — this year, because 2020 is a leap year！For most people, today is just an ordinary Saturday. However, for leap day babies, their birthdays never arrived for the past three years, now, they finally got the chance to celebrate.
What Is a Leap Year?
Leap years are years where an extra, or intercalary, a day is added to the end of the shortest month, February. The intercalary day, February 29, is commonly referred to as leap day. Leap years have 366 days instead of the usual 365 days and occur almost every four years.
A leap year (also known as an intercalary year or bissextile year) is a calendar year that contains an additional day (or, in the case of a lunisolar calendar, a month) added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year or seasonal year. A year that is not a leap year is a common year.
Mysteries About Leap Day Babies
What visits us once in four years–even if it’s a day–is bound to be surrounded by mystery. Almost everyone is curious about the “magic” day and got various questions about leap day babies. Well, reading this, what is the first question pops into your mind? Find that in the following.
1. When do leap year babies celebrate their birthdays?
This is probably the most commonly-asked question, not only for non-leaplings but also for leap day babies themselves. Most leap day babies celebrate their birthdays either February 28 or March 1 in common years. For some of them, they decide on the day they like most to throw birthday dinners or parties to celebrate.
2. Do leap day babies share a special bond?
Leap day babies’ birthday is so rare that under most circumstances when a leapling learns of a leap day baby’s birthday, they are very likely to manage to connect with each other. They naturally produce an invisible club where these “unique” people share a magic bond. Communities like leapday.com are also committed to bring leap day babies together.
3. Are there any benefits for leap day babies?
What leap day babies like most about their birthday? This proves to be a hard question to answer. Actually, there are no intangible benefits for leaplings. While, in fact, most leap day babies do feel they are more special because of their special birthday. Leap day babies are believed to be a better-remembered group.
4. When is their legal birthday in a non-leap year?
You may have heard such jokes — that someone turning 28 is celebrating his seventh birthday. But how is it defined legally? Well, it varies from country to country — and even among US states.
Most countries and regions tend to recognize that leap day babies have legally ‘aged’ on March 1 of non-leap Years, such as the United Kingdom and Wales.
Most Americans follow this, too. According to Reuters, only some states have statutes that say which date should be used. For those that don’t, the default is March 1. For those that do, it is typically to signify that it is February 28.
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