Although it might not be a global celebration, the West Irving Library is hosting a celebration at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29 for Leap Day! Guests can enjoy a performance by the Jumpin’ Jammers Jump Rope Team, create leap inspired crafts and light refreshments. This event is free and all ages are welcome.
Normally, there are 365 days in a single calendar year but once every four years we all experience a leap year. This is because the Earth takes approximately 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds to orbit the sun. That extra time is allocated to one full day at the end of February every four years. The year being 2020, we can experience the next Leap Year in 2024, 2028 and so on.
You might be wondering, what is the point of a leap year? Well, without them the seasons would begin at least one day earlier on the calendar every four years. Add that all together, that would mean that after 360 years, spring (which usually begins in March) would begin in December. Imagine, swapping each holiday song that features the word snow with flowers!
So why is it called Leap Year?
Let us take Christmas for example. In an ordinary year, if Christmas fell on a Tuesday, then the following year Christmas will fall on a Wednesday. When you add that extra day in February (Leap Day) it means Christmas will advance two paces and fall on a Friday instead of a Thursday. Thereby leaping over Thursday.
If you thought that was interesting, here are some additional facts you might not know about Leap Year:
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