This year February will have 29 days instead of 28 and will be called a leap year.
The occurrence takes place every four years due to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian calendar.
The extra day happens because earth takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete its orbit of the sun, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days, hence a day is added in order to keep our clocks and calendars in sync with the Earth and its seasons.
Some facts related to February 29:
- In some countries there is a campaign to make February 29 a bank holiday. Workers have realised that every leap year, they have to work one extra day for no extra pay.
- Technically, a leap year is not every four years. The year 2000 was a leap year, but the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not.
- In case you are born on February 29 The chances of having a leap birthday are one in 1,461. People who are born on February 29 are referred to as “leaplings”, or “leapers”. In non-leap years, many leaplings choose to celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, while purists stick to February 29 for the occasion.
- Tammy Radencic was born in 1972. She will be celebrating her 11th birthday on February 29.
- Lee Alarie may be turning four years old – but 2016 is the first year he’ll be celebrating his birthday on the same day he was actually born.