Remember the children’s rhyme to help you remember how many days are in each month? Well, this is the year when February has 29 days instead of 28.
Under the Gregorian calendar, a leap day is added to the calendar once every four years, except for century years that are not exactly divisible by 400.
During any year that is not a leap year a year is 52 weeks plus one day. So, if your birthday was on a Monday one year, the next year your birthday would be on a Tuesday. However, a leap year is 52 weeks plus two days. If your birthday fell on a Monday last year, this year it would be on a Wednesday. It has “leaped over” a day of the week.
Leap year will begin March 1, 2012 and end February 28, 2013.
Here is some leap year trivia: Astrologers claim that those born on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status. American Presidential elections and the Summer Olympic Games are both held every four years and occur in the Leap Year. Greeks believe it is bad luck to get married in a leap year. On the other hand, women can propose to a man in Ireland. Walt Disney World and Disneyland are staying open for 24 hours on February 29 to celebrate Leap Year.