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February 29th Special Days - Featuring 17+ Leap Year Freebies!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 28, 2020 | 0 comments
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Image: 112: Leap Year, by Denise Mattox on Flickr

February 29th is... Leap Year Day/Leap Day, Women have the right to propose to a man, Bad Luck Day, Bachelor's Day, International Underlings Day, National Frog Legs Day, National Time Refund Day, Saliolum, Superman's Birthday (Action Comics #149), One More Disney Day (2012), Gnocchi Day (Argentina), Saint Oswald Of Worcester Feast Day/St Oswald's Day

More Special Days: International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day/RSI Awareness Day, International Sword Swallowers Day, National Surf and Turf Day, International Tongue Twister Contest Day, Open That Bottle Night, Rare Disease Day, Cornish Pasty Day

PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, papercrafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.

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Image: It's My Birthday Finally! A Leap Year Story 2nd Edition | Paperback – July 1, 2007 | by Michelle Whitaker Winfrey (Author). Publisher: Hobby House Publishing Group; 2nd ed. edition (July 1, 2007)Leap Year Day
-- Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year) – to circle once around the Sun. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!

Read: It's My Birthday Finally!
A Leap Year Story

-- A story about a boy named Miles who born on February 29th. On Saturday, Miles will be celebrating his birthday. Even though he's happy there seems to be some confusion about exactly how old Miles will be! Will he be eight years old, or will he be just two years old?

Image: Leopold's Long-Awaited Leap Year Birthday | Kindle Edition | by Dawn Desjardins (Author), C.E. Locander (Illustrator). Publisher: Artistic Ventures Publishing (February 1, 2016)Leopold's Long-Awaited Leap Year Birthday -- Leopold and his parents wait patiently for his first birthday, February 29th, but it just never seems to come. Finally, the wise old doctor considers the calendars, clocks and seasons ...concluding Leopold has a Leap Year Birthday! Leopold's mother explains this special day as a "Peek-a-boo-holiday...It's there, it is just (sometimes) hiding." Leopold and his friends celebrate his first birthday, and four great years of life! Educational and fun, this story celebrates waiting for a birthday and is an excellent primer in explaining why there are 365 and 1/4 days in a year.

Image: Leap Year Jokes for Kids: A Leap Day Joke Book (Seasonal Joke Books 18) | Kindle Edition | by G. Nyla Phillips (Author). Publication Date: February 12, 2020Leap Year Jokes for Kids: A Leap Day Joke Book -- Did you know that the 29th of February is Leap Day? It's the extra day that you get each Leap Year! If you want to have a fun activity for kids to celebrate the leap year, this book has funny jokes, knock-knock jokes, and tongue twisters. These jokes are all based on leap year themes and they are clean, kind, and perfect for kids of ages 7 to 12. Keep your kids reading… and laughing!

Leap Year Coloring and Activity Books

Image: Steampunk Leap Year | Kindle Edition | by Jessica Lucci (Author). Publisher: Indie Woods (October 14, 2019)
Steampunk Leap Year

Amazon Freebies:

🗓️ Read Leap Year ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited

🗓️ Free Leap Year apps

🗓️ Free Leap Year games

🗓️ Listen to Leap Year Digital Music with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited

🗓️ Watch Leap Year Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime

🗓️ Listen to Leap Year Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

🗓️ Free Alexa Skills | Leap Year

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities, and Crafts:

🗓️ Leap Year Printables and Worksheets | TPT

🗓️ 10 Activities for Learning About Leap Year and Other Calendar Oddities

🗓️ Leap Year Activities, Leap Year Party Ideas, Leap Year Crafts

🗓️ 29 Leap Day Activities

🗓️ 12 Easy and Fun Leap Year Activities

🗓️ Leap Year Crafts | Frog Bean Bag

🗓️ Leap Year!! [Free Printable]

🗓️ Leap Year Worksheets | TwistyNoodle

🗓️ Epic Ways To Celebrate Leap Year

🗓️ 9 Leap Year Party Games And Printables

Women have the right to propose to a man
-- This goes back hundreds of years when the leap year day had no recognition in English law (the day was 'leaped over' and ignored, hence the term 'leap year'). It was decided the day had no legal status, meaning a break in tradition on this day was acceptable. So on this day women can take advantage of this anomaly and propose to the man they wish to marry.

Bad Luck Day
-- In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day, just like Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day by many. In Greece, it’s said to be unlucky for couples to marry during a Leap Year, and especially on Leap Day.

St Oswald's Day
-- Leap Day is also St Oswald's Day, named after an archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. The memorial is celebrated on February 29 during Leap Years and on February 28 during common years.

One More Disney Day (2012)
-- Disney Parks offers an extra day of magic for you called One More Disney Day. Both Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park will stay open for 24 hours straight. From 6 a.m., February 29 to 6 a.m., March 1, local time, you can fill the extra day of leap year with a marathon of Disney Parks fun.

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