Look before you leap

LEAP year na naman at ingat lang tayo sa mga love-struck na girls and spinsters, kasama na ang mga biyuda at mga hiwalay sa asawa.

Every four years lang ang leap year dahil sa imperfection ng ating mga kalendaryo, ma pa Roman o Chinese calendar man ang inyong sinusunod.

Ayon sa mga nakaugalian sa Europa, tuwing Leap Year ay may karapatan ang mga babae na sila mismo ang manligaw sa mga lalaki.

Kaya ingat lang kayo, boys and gentlemen. Kung sabit ang inyong hanap, bahala kayo. Malamang na pikot ang abutin ninyo.

Pero Leap Year man o hindi, iba na talaga ngayon ang kaugalian.

Kayrami nang mga babaeng sila mismo ang nanliligaw sa mga lalaki, by hook or by crook, sabi nga ng mga inglesero.

Basahin ang mga nauulat tungkol sa leap year:

’Leap Day’ is February 29, which is an extra (intercalary) day added during a Leap Year, making the year 366 days long – and not 365 days, like a common (normal) year.

Nearly every four years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar.

Leap Day as a concept has existed for more than 2000 years, and is still associated with age-old traditions, folklore and superstition. It’s a popular day for women to propose marriage.

Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun.

It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days (a tropical year) to circle
once around the sun.

If we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours every year.

After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!

Ang susunod na Leap Year ay sa 2016, followed by 2020 at iyan ay kung hindi magugunaw ang mundo sa Dec. 12, 2012, ayon sa hula.

The ancient Roman Calendar added an extra month every few years to maintain the correct seasonal changes.

But Julius Caesar implemented a new calendar – the Julian Calendar – in 45 BCE (Before Common Era) with an extra day added every 4 years.

At the time, Leap Day was February 24, because February was the last month of
the year.

In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII refined the Julian calendar with a new rule that a century year is not a Leap Year unless it is evenly divisible by 400.

This transition to the Gregorian Calendar was observed in some countries including Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.

The transition took longer for other countries; Great Britain started using the Gregorian Calendar in 1752 and Lithuania in 1915.

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