The lull of the leap year, the lure of the moment given

Feb 29th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Today, in the future you may wonder when this was written and I will tell you, is the 29th day of February 2016.

Unless we change things, the calendar we have adopted for the main part, there will be more leap years.

And a tradition that is likely to continue for a little while is the 29th day of February being the day for women in Ireland who want to marry their love (I hope it is their love) to propose marriage. Not on other days or during other years. On other days or in other years it is perhaps still “expected” that the man will be the  one kneeling.

This may be a fading tradition. Two good reasons come to mind. If a woman were proposing marriage to another woman, why would a leap year’s permission be needed? And, do we not presume that the tradition of a man being the proposer of marriage will dwindle in favor of a democratic lack of discriminating as to who proposes to whom?!

 




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