2016 is a so called Leap Year. What does that mean really and is there any relationship with Leap University.
First Let’s Look At The Leap Year
Normally our calendar years are made up of 365 days, but every four years we add a day to make what is known as a ‘leap year’.
The Gregorian calendar, the most widely used across the globe, measures a year to be 365 days following the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
However, the Earth’s orbit takes 365.24 days to complete its solar orbit and an extra day every four years is added to keep calendar seasons synchronized with solar seasons. If we didn’t do this the seasons would shift around the calendar, and in 750 years’ time June would find itself in the middle of winter.
The Modern Calendar
The origins of the modern calendar as we know it date back to the Roman times. Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar in 46 BC, which consists of 365 days with 366 in every fourth year.
In 1582 the UK switched to the Gregorian calendar and worked out the Julian Calendar didn’t actually reflect the actual time the Earth takes to orbit the sun, or tropical year. The Gregorian calendar follows three rules to determine which years are leap years: if the year can be divided by four it is a leap year, but if it can be evenly divided by 100 or by 400 then it is not.
Despite this complicated process the calendar is still not perfect, every 3,236 years it will be out by a day. Comparably, the Julian calendar is currently lagging behind the Gregorian calendar by 13 days.
There are surprisingly few Leap Year traditions, but the custom of women proposing to men is the most famous. The legend goes that in 5th Century Ireland, St Bridget complained to St Patrick about women having to wait too long for men to propose, to which St Patrick allowed women to propose on the 29th of February.
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