Fascinating Leap Year Fun Facts

Facts about Leap Year that are sure to surprise you!


Avi Fairchild, Contributor

  • Leap days are vital to keep our schedule in arrangement with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. It takes the Earth roughly 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to go once around the Sun. This called a tropical year. Without an additional day on February 29 every four years, we would lose right around six hours consistently. After just 100 years, our schedule would be off by roughly 24 days.


  • In Hong Kong, the legal birthday of a leapling is March 1 on non-leap years, while in New Zealand it is February 28. On the off chance that you coordinate it right, flying from one nation to the next could result in the world’s longest birthday.


  • Some claim that if you are born on February 29, you have special talents like the ability to paint like Picasso. 

  • When the first calendar was being made under Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus, his ancestor Julius Caesar’s month, July, had 31 days while February had 30 and August had 29. Caesar Augustus wanted his month to have the same amount of days as July so he took two days off of February and added them to August. 


  • Individuals born on a leap day are frequently called “leaplings” or “leapers.” On February 28 or March 1 is when most of them celebrate their birthday. 


  • The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies is a club for individuals born on February 29. There are more than 10,000 members worldwide. 


  • The twin communities of Anthony, Texas, and Anthony, New Mexico, are declared Leap Year Capital of the World. They hold a four-day leap year celebration each leap year that incorporates a ginormous birthday celebration for all leap year babies.


Fact Credit: https://www.livethejourney.co.za/blog/20-fun-facts-about-leap-years/


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