Facts and Trivia about Today
Leap Year. Intercalary Year. Bissextile Year.
Do we really need an extra day this year?
It is said that it takes 365 and 1/4 days for the Earth to orbit around the sun. Thus, one day is added every four years. Without the extra 1/4 day, the planet will suffer a seasonal disruption. Winter, spring, summer and fall will interchange.
Now, that explains why we need an extra day.
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St. Bridget struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose (wedding) to men every four years. In the modern time, the “leap” can be described as the unorthodox behavioral practices. People do things differently for this day.
Moreover, some people believe that the “leap” is placed in the month of February because having 525, 600 minutes in a year is quite insufficient for the season of love. There needs to be another day in the love month to further extend its significance.
Anyway. Whatever interpretations people may get out of this, in simple words:
The leap year is essential to human existence. Not because it is required. But because it strikes the balance in every season.