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Leap Year: Some interesting stories, facts for February 29

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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.

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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.
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