According to Wikipedia:
Bachelor’s Day is an Irish tradition on Leap Day allowing women to initiate dances and propose marriage. If the proposal was refused the man was expected to buy the woman a silk gown or, by the mid-20th century, a fur coat. The tradition is supposed to originate from a deal that Saint Bridget struck with Saint Patrick.
In Ireland, a woman was allowed to propose marriage on Leap Day and if refused the man was obliged to buy her new gloves or perform a juggling trick on Easter Day. In some areas a woman could propose for the entire leap year.
Have you heard of this unusual tradition? I only learned of it after watching the rom-com 2010 movie called Leap Year with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. Do you know of anyone who’s proposed to someone on Leap Day because of the tradition? I’d love to hear the story if you have!
And if you haven’t heard of the movie, well, here’s the synopsis:
When yet another anniversary passes without a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take action. Aware of a Celtic tradition that allows women to pop the question on Feb. 29, she plans to follow her lover to Dublin and ask him to marry her. Fate has other plans, however, and Anna winds up on the other side of the Emerald Isle with handsome, but surly, Declan — an Irishman who may just lead Anna down the road to true love.
So, if you don’t any definitive plans for tonight, it’s a cute movie to watch with a glass of wine and some popcorn! Remember that I’m always looking out for you when it comes to what to do on a quiet Saturday night!
Let me know what you think of it! Happy Leap Day to all! And good luck to those girls who decide to take the Leap today!