Sunday, 28 February 2016

29th February, a Chance to redress the balance

Tomorrow is the 29th February.  look upon it as a prize, an extra day to do something special.
You all know the rhyme that goes like this:-

30 days have bright September, April ,June and dull November
All the rest have 31 excepting February
Which has but 28 days clear
And 29 in each leap year.

The 29th February was introduced to balance the calendar.
At school we were told that women could ask men to marry them on that day. This seemed very exciting and we would discuss at length who we would ask to marry us given the chance. Most of us though prefer the man to do the asking.
Legend has it that St. Brigid of Kildare made a deal with St.Patrick. She thought it would be a good idea for women to be able to make marriage proposals every four years, to balance equality between men and women, like the date 29th February balances the calendar.

So here is a special wish for anyone who has a birthday tomorrow, or a wedding anniversary or any special event marked by 29th February.

February flowers have done a great job at cheering up the winter days

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