Get ready for Feb.29th as 2020 is a Leap Year!

So, how did all start...well looking back through ancient Irish history, legend has it that in 5th century Ireland, St. Brigid of Kildare a fifth-century Irish nun, asked St.Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland, to grant permission for women to propose marriage after hearing complaints from single women whose suitors were too shy or took too long to propose















Initially, he granted women permission to propose only once every seven years, but at Brigid's insistence, he compromised and allowed proposals every leap day. The folk tale suggests that Brigid then dropped to her knee and proposed to Patrick that instant, but he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering a silk gown to soften the blow. The Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a woman's leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown.

The tradition was then taken to Scotland by Irish monks where back in 1288, the Scots passed a law that allowed a woman to propose marriage to the man of their dreams in a leap year, with the law also stating that any man who declined the proposal on this day would have to pay a fine.

We must remember, of course, that it is 2020, and women are definitely capable of proposing to a man any day of the week but, I think there is something a wee bit special getting engaged on February 29th!!






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