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A Leap Year Proposal - It's Our Turn Ladies!

November 5, 2015

Leave it to a leap year to turn the tradition of wedding proposals to something different and exciting. It has long been held that it is up to the man to do the asking.  But if you’ve been entertaining the idea of popping the question to your guy, this is the time to start seriously thinking about it. February 29th 2016 is just around the corner. Ever since the Middle Ages, leap years—and especially February 29—are the right time to ask your guy: “Will You Marry Me?”

According to legend, this tradition originated in 5th century Ireland when St Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait too long for men to propose. St. Patrick agreed to let there be one day in February when a woman could propose to the man of her choice.

In 1288 Queen Mary of Scotland passed a law to allow women to propose to men, and if the proposal was rejected, a fine was incurred apparently to ‘soften the blow’ of rejection.

In the early 20th century, humorous postcards were published depicting the woman chasing the man, to celebrate the leap years of 1900, 1904, 1908 and so on... As centuries have past, most consider the idea of the leap year proposal old fashioned and out of date. Or do they?  Is the idea that it is the man's duty to propose old-fashioned?  Deep down, do we all, as women, secretly want to be proposed to, as affirmation that our boys love us - indeed enough to commit a life time to us? And in a time when women are equal to men, why is it only acceptable for the woman to propose to the man in one year out of every four?  Or should we just stuff the tradition and have fun proposing when and how and in which ever which way we want to?

I'm really interested to know what readers think and especially interested to hear from anyone who proposed in a leap year or indeed who are considering proposing this year!  Have you been inspired to pop the question to your man in a leap year? How did you do it? Perhaps you are planning it now? Or were you the lucky guy? Share your Comments below…

 

 
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