February 29 only comes around every four years – do you know the Irish history and traditions of Leap Day?

Ireland’s folklore is full of wonderful, funny, strange, but sometimes outdated traditions and during a Leap Year, a year of 366 days, we are greeted with one of the most well-known. Although you may have thought it was a myth, according to the old Irish tradition, the Leap Year is the perfect chance for a woman to take matters into her own hands and get down on one knee!While women are certainly capable of asking a man for his hand in marriage on any day of the year that she so wishes, traditionally in Ireland, this right was reserved specifically for the Leap Year.

Sign up to IrishCentral’s newsletter to stay up-to-date with everything Irish! Subscribe to IrishCentralIn 2010, we saw the Amy Adams movie “Leap Year” – a movie Irish people love to hate – based on the premise that a young woman travels to Ireland, and then after she lands she has to continue, apparently the whole way across the island, in order to get to her fiancee in time to propose on this one special day. (Although, she takes a very strange route around the country while she’s at it.)

Source: Leap Year: The Irish history and traditions

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