Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Leap Year Superstitions


Indeed, leap year also affects people who weren't born on February 29, and the superstitions vary from place to place.

For instance, people in Greece avoid getting married in a leap year, as they believe doing so will bring bad luck.

But in Ireland, a leap year is a window of opportunity for women to propose to men, as seen in the 2010 romantic comedy "Leap Year."

In the Chinese calendar, a leap year has 13 months. Every three years or so, a leap month is added, and its name is the same as the previous lunar month.

Similarly, the Jewish calendar also has 13 months in a leap year, which has 383, 384 or 385 days. In the Jewish leap year, the extra month called Adar I is believed to be a lucky month.

In the Islamic leap year, the additional day is found at the end of the last month, Dhu 'l-Hidjdja, which is also the month of the Hajj, when Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca.


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