In most western cultures, it’s traditionally the man who proposes to the woman. Even if a couple has already decided they’re ready to take the next step and walk down the aisle, in times gone by the woman is supposed to wait for her beloved to get down on one knee and pop that all-important question. With equality now at the forefront of many modern women and mens’ minds, this tradition may be falling by the wayside somewhat, but with the next leap year just around the corner, could we still see a surge in women around the world asking their other halves to marry them? If you’re considering a leap year proposal yourself, here are a few ideas for how to pop the question when 29th February finally rolls around.
Why can women propose in a leap year?
The tradition of women proposing to men in a leap year is an ancient one. According to @IrishCentral, ”It is said that the tradition began in 5th century Ireland when St. Brigid of Kildare bitterly complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait far too long for men to propose.” St Patrick, being an understanding sort of man, decreed that women could propose to men during the leap year day.
In 1288, the Scots passed a law that allowed women to propose on leap year day. If the man said no, they’d have to pay a fine, buy the unlucky woman a gift or even give her a kiss.
In recent years, the 29th February has been named Bachelor’s Day in honour of the tradition and every year thousands of women get down on one knee and pop the question.
29th February 2020
Luckily for all those loved-up ladies planning a February proposal, in 2020, the 29th falls on a Saturday. This dramatically increases your options when it comes to planning your proposal and means you don’t have to squeeze the important occasion around work, commuting or other weekday commitments.
A lot of women like to propose on a mini break. If you’re thinking about jetting off to warmer climes, make sure you’re 100% sure of a positive answer, otherwise the journey back may be a little frosty. If you don’t have the time or the budget for a weekend abroad, plan a UK staycation instead. Alternatively, simply organise a romantic day out in your local area and spend some quality time with the one you love.
Although it may seem a little daunting, proposing to your other half can be a lot of fun. Offering you the perfect excuse to get creative and plan something special, your February proposal could be the start of a whole new chapter in your lives together.
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