Leap Year Facts You Need To Know!

Author: Kiara Poitra, Receptionist & Events Coordinator

The Leap Year concept has always been a strange one to me. However, I’ve done some research and discovered it is needed so we can stay in sync with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. 

Throughout history, the Leap Year has been questioned – most especially, which month gets shorted out of a day or two?

Here are 5 fun facts about the Leap Year:

1. Leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun (and yes, those seconds count!). This is called a tropical year. Without an extra day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.

2.  All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.  Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, February had 30 days and the month named after him – July – had 31. August had only 29 days. When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to ‘his’ month to make August the same as July.  So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.

3. The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies is a club for people born on Feb. 29. More than 10,000 people worldwide are members.

4. The odds of being born on a leap day are 1 in 1500.

5. Astrologers believe people born on February 29 have unusual talents, such as the ability to burp the alphabet or paint like Picasso.

All these facts can be found on www.livethejourney.co.za.

There are many many more, but these were just my favorites! 

Thanks for reading!

Kiara Poitra

Receptionist & Events Coordinator

Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau