Happy Leap Day! If you're one of the only 5 million people around the world who are lucky enough to call this day your birthday, then happy birthday! The leap year and extra day (leap day) was instituted officially in 1582 with the Gregorian calendar (though it dates back to ancient Egyptian times) due to the amount of time it takes the earth to go around the sun, and as a measure to help keep the seasons occurring at the same time every year. If you are having a baby today, we've cultivated some fun facts as you begin your journey in parenting a Leap Day baby.
There is an approximate 1 in 1,461 chance of having a baby on Leap Day -- if you're in labor today, you might as well buy a lottery ticket too!
If your baby is born today, you can now join the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies, a fun, free and informative organization that both celebrates and educates others on some of the challenges of having a Leap Day birthday.
Apart from "cute," you can also refer to your special baby as a "leaper" or "leapling" as Leap Day babies refer to themselves.
Anthony, Texas is known as the Leap Year Capitol of the World and throws a giant festival every Leap Year where people come from all around the world to celebrate their February 29 birthday. Plan now for your little one's fourth birthday in 2020!
For some time now, due to increasing use of technological systems, leapers often experience hassles and difficulties with recognition of their birth date. Until recently, many drop down menus do not have Febrary 29 as a choice and birthday loyalty programs often do not have a way to recognize Leap Day birthdays in non-Leap Years. Additionally, many leaplings also are questioned about their birthday, thinking it is a mistake.
During non-Leap Years, leaplings celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, or on any day they choose! It's common for leapers to recite their age in Leap Year age (ie, a 16 year-old would say she is only 4).
If you're looking for a unique name to commemorate your child's rare birthday, consider one of the following suggestions:
- Julia/Julius - After Julius Caesar, who introduced Leap Year
- Delta - The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, representing Leap Year's occurrence every four years
- Romana/Roman - After the Roman Empire, from which Leap Year originated
- Aurora - Roman goddess of the sunrise, representing the earth's orbit around the sun
- Apollo - Greek sun god