Once every four years we have an extra day – February 29 – we call this a leap year. I was watching Leap Year the movie and realized there were actually quite interesting traditions that can occur during this day.
- Women Propose to Men
It is exactly how it sounds and it’s a tradition from Ireland. The legend tells that St Brigid made a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men on this one day every four years.
- Gloves as Fines
Queen Margaret of Scotland brought in a law that meant any man who rejected a woman who proposed on the 29th of February would have to give her 12 pairs of gloves to hide her bare ring finger. This is more common in Europe than other parts of the world.
- Leap Day Babies
For anyone born no 29 February you are invited to join The Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies.
- Unlucky Day
In Greece this day is seen as an unlucky day and it is not recommended for a couple to get married on any Leap Year or Leap Day.
I don’t follow any of those traditions but it’s quite interesting isn’t it? For me every leap year I just try to set a resolution (much like the New Year Resolutions) and this year my resolution was to be more active and explore Australia. This means exploring the places I never even knew existed and travelling early mornings to see the sunrise. Last weekend you saw me explore Winifred Falls and now I will show you North Bondi Rocks.
I think this is quite a hidden place as most people and tourists only really explore the famous Bondi Beach. Whilst I do recommend the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk I definitely would not overlook the North Bondi Rocks. It’s a bit of a drive up but it’s definitely worth it.
We were lucky enough to catch the sunrise at six in the morning but unfortunately forgot my memory card for my DSLR hence there isn’t a great sunrise backdrop. Nevertheless the view was breathtaking!