The answer is no, I will not be. I answer this now, because I already know the question that will follow after today’s new learning…I’m getting my answer in first.
Did you know that on the last day of February in a leap year (i.e. 29th February) women are “allowed” to propose?
According to an article in the Huffington Post: “The 12th century tradition began in Ireland where women were allowed to propose marriage as they believed this balanced the traditional roles of men and women (balance? 1/1461 days, what balance?).
According to folklore tradition, if a woman’s proposal was rejected, the man had to buy her 12 pairs of gloves to hide her hand from the embarrassment of not wearing an engagement ring (this makes me cringe…).
During 19th century Britain, fines were levied if a marriage proposal was refused, whereas in Greece, a leap year marriage is considered unlucky.
So there you go.