Leap Year Tidbits and Birthdays
Our calendar is described as “messy”, so Leap Years had to be added to keep us more in line with the earth’s rotation.
Leap Years were invented by Julius Cesar right around the time that the first century started. They added too many leap years, so about 500 years ago the Gregorian calendar fixed us up again.
Leap years are not every 4 years, but have to meet up with this criteria from http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html
How do we calculate Leap Years?
In the Gregorian calendar 3 criteria must be met to be a leap year:
- The year is evenly divisible by 4;
- If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
- The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.
Birthdays can be confusing or fun for people born on February 29. My husband’s cousin is an adult, but is going to be 13 today!! They always have fun saying Happy Birthday to her, and never forget her special day.
Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry