Is Leap Year a Real Thing?

Leap year in blue

Is leap year a real thing?!
There actually is a science to it all. There is a legitimate reason only once every four years, everyone gets an extra 24 hours.
While there are 365 days in a calendar year, it actually takes a little longer (365.2422 days longer for you math heads) for the Earth to circle around the sun, thus adding up to 365 days and 6 hours.

Then multiply 6 x 4.

If you can manage to do the fine and fantastic math- it all adds up to 24 extra hours. But what do we do with this extra 24 hours? How do we fit that in? It’s simple and rather convenient if you ask me. We just add an extra 24 hours into the calendar once every four years to set us right with the Earth’s movement around the sun.
Still don’t get it? Well then let’s break it down.

-A century year is a leap year only if it is divisible by 400.
-So years such as 1700, 1800 and 1900 weren’t leap years. But, of course, 2016 is a leap year.

Well, that just confused me too. So, let’s concentrate on the fun stuff!

Fun factoid: Leap day itself, Feb. 29, has long been the inspiration of folklore since introduced by Julius Caesar more than 2000 years ago. For example, in Scotland Leap Day used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on this day, similar to that of Friday 13th. Even Greeks considered it unlucky for couples to marry not only on the day but during the entire year.

But on the bright side, women were thought to have an extra gift on Leap Day. In an old Irish tradition as folklore says, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to their men.

Not to mention, many historians believe this Irish custom introduced balance to the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

In the words of the Notorious B.I.G., “if you don’t know…now ya know!”