2.29.2016

Would you do this Leap Day tradition?

Irish Leap Day tradition

Have you heard of the Irish Leap Year tradition? The tradition says that on February 29 women can propose to men instead of the traditional reverse. (You may have heard about it in a terrible 2010 movie called Leap Year.)

The (dubious) legend says the tradition was negotiated by St. Brigid, who was annoyed by convention and begged St. Patrick to let women take the wheel every once in a while.

The tradition even jumped over to Scotland, where a law was established and men had to pay fines for each woman they rejected on Leap Day. In some European places, this fine was a gift of gloves for the woman—to hide her ring-less finger, of course.

Thankfully, it’s the 21st century and women can propose any day they want. (And only wear gloves when it’s cold out.) You can read more about the bizarre tradition here, or you can celebrate modernity with a little freebie:

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Learning to Swim will be free until tomorrow! Tell your friends and ask them to leave a review!

By the way, have I mentioned that the last book in the Hearts Out of Water series will be out this summer?!

Talk soon!

Annie Cosby

 

 

 

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