Inclusion of Leap Year in calendar is important

Inclusion of Leap Year in calendar is important

People born on 29 February during a leap year celebrate their birthday once in four years. On this day, many restaurants also organize special event by giving patrons free food on their birthdays.

For those whose birthday comes on 29 February, the occasion is special as the date comes once every four years. There are many examples, to cite few- one 79-year-old Fenton woman will celebrate her 20th birthday with her family on Monday. Then, Pat Goupil was born on a Leap Year. Though she celebrates her birthday every year, it is not the day when she was born. Goupil said that she has to decide whether she wants to celebrate her birthday on 28 February or 1 March.

On 29 February, not only Goupil, but 187,000 people in the US celebrate their birthdays. People born on February 29 ate known as ‘leaplings’ or ‘leapers’. In fact, there is an actually a Leap Year Club called the Honor Society of Leap Year Babies.

Experts explained as to why leap year comes every fourth year. Earth takes approximate 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds to complete one solar year or one rotation around the sun. As extra 24 hours accumulate every four years, an extra calendar day, which is February 29 was added every four years by Roman General Julius Caesar over 2,000 years ago in order to keep the calendar balanced with the sun’s position.

The same was integrated into the Gregorian calendar over 1,000 years later. To think about a scenario in which if there would not have been a Leap Year, the seasons would have slowly moved back in the calendar, hence creating confusions with weather, ecology, and hours of daylight. If there was no leap year then after 100 years of the same, the calendar would have been off by 24 days.


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