Why Is There a Leap Year?

Do you have any idea what the leap year actually is?  Not a lot of people do.  A leap year occurs every four years, to help adjust the calendar year with the solar year because it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun about 365 1/4 days.  A common year has 365 days and a leap year has 366 days, and the extra day is February 29th.

Who created leap year?  It is believed that Egyptians were the first people to add a leap day once every four years to keep the calendar in sync with the solar system.  The idea was later adopted by the Romans, and became the first people to designate February 29th as the leap day.

Leap year babies are called “leaplings” or “leapers” because their birthday only rolls around once every four years!  Most people just celebrate their birthday on February 28th or March 1st on non-leap years.

The explanation is quite simple, but it’s a unique fact about our planet.  Let us know if you are a leap year baby in the comments below!

Author: rachelweinstein

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