The origin of the term “Leap Year”

Hello, readers. Happy Leap Year!

What are you going to do with your extra day?

Comment below and let us know or spend some time of your extra day checking out today’s Leap Year List to learn about the origin of the term “Leap Year!”

Did you know…

  • … that the term “Leap Year” is thought to have originated because adding an extra day to the year caused a “leap” in the Church calendar of festivals? (Word Histories and Mysteries)
  • … that Leap Year is a year that contains one more day than the usual calendar year, and that the additional day is now added at the end of February, on today’s date: February 29th? (Collins Dictionary of Astronomy)
  • … that according to the Collins Dictionary of Astronomy, the year is extended during Leap Year to contain one more day so that the average length of the year is brought closer to the tropical year of 365.2422 days or to the lunar year? (Collins Dictionary of Astronomy)
  • …. that in the Gregorian calendar – any year whose date is a number exactly divisible by four is a Leap Year, except for years ending in 00, which must be divisible by 400 to be Leap Years? (The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia)

Enjoy your extra day this year!


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