Every four years an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar. This is the calendar that most of us use on a daily basis. I was curious as to the history of adding a day and why it is necessary every four years.
Who Invented Leap Years?
Roman General Julius Caesar introduced the idea over 2000 years ago. During the Roman Empire the Julian Calendar was the only one used and he added one rule to it. Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year.
This formula produced way too many leap years, but was not corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian calendar more than 1500 years later.
Why Are Leap Days Important?
Leap years are added to keep our modern day calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolution around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days –365 days, or 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This is called a tropical year, and is measured from the March equinox.
However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a leap day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by around 24 days! The next Leap Day is February 29, 2024.
Leap Day Traditions
A few fun traditions;
- Women Propose To Their Men – On leap day it has been an Irish tradition that the Women propose to men for marriage.
- Some area’s call it “Bachelor Days” – If a man rejects the women’s marriage proposal on a leap day he is expected to “pay a penalty” such a s a gown or money. In European countries, especially in the upper class communities it is tradition that if the man rejects the women’s proposal he must buy her twelve pairs of gloves to hide her shame and embarrassment of not wearing an engagement ring.
- Leap Day Baby’s – For those baby’s born on this day their birthday’s are celebrated either February 28 or March 1.
The Jewish Leap Year – is referred to as Shanah Me’uberet, has 13 months and occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle.
Adar – The Lucky Month
An extra month, Adar I, is added after the month of Shevat and before the month of Adar in a leap year. The month is also known as Adar Rishon or Adar Alef. According to Jewish tradition, Adar is a lucky and happy month.
The Chinese Calendar – Adds a whole leap month to correlate with the traditional Gregorian calendar.
When is the Leap Month?
To determine a leap year, find the number of new moons between the 11th month in one year and the 11th month in the following year.
A leap month is inserted if there are 13 moons from the start of the 11th month in the first year to the start of the 11th month in the next year.
The Chinese calendar uses a solar term system that has 12 principal terms to indicate when the Sun’s longitudes is a multiple of 30 degrees. Unlike all other months, the leap month does not contain a principal term (Zhongqi).
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One word will kill the chances of ever finding success in network marketing.
Disbelief is defined as the 1. Inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real 2. Lack of faith in something. *Webster’s Dictionary
Doubting in yourself is going to hold you back and take you down a long and winding road! This is one reason all of the top successful network marketers tell us to work on self improvement. Work on a positive mindset, be around successful and positive influences because they will give you the ability to produce the successful results you’re seeking.
For example someone has offered you an unbelievable opportunity. Yet you have seen all of the documentation, seen videos, talked to other people in the business and yet you still disbelieve “this one of a kind opportunity” exists.
In the book – Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement book there is a blurp about overcoming disbelief. In this book he highlights three easy steps to obtain overcoming disbelief.
- Express a definite desire for the achievement of a purpose, and relate it to one or more of the basic human motives.
- Create a definite and specific plan for attaining that desire.
- Start acting on that plan, putting every conscious effort behind it.
Reading books like Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success: The Principles of Personal Achievement, How To Think And Grow Rich will aid in developing the proper techniques and mindset to gain success.
The more we clear our minds from the negativity filters, the better we become with believing we have the ability to accomplish the goals that we have set aside. Clear your mind of all negative thoughts of poverty, unsuccessfulness, fear, regrets, and take the necessary steps to build your faith level up where it needs to be to achieve the success you seek.
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Happy Valentines Day Readers,
Would you be my valentine? Have you ever wondered how this holiday came to be? Yes, there’s a religious meaning to Valentines Day.
According to Wikipedia.com Saint Valentine’s history is quite interesting https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day.
Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.
In trouble with the authorities for spreading love to the world. How injust, how unfair was that? With all the moaning I read about and see in the news about ( me, myself and I ), it’s a relief to read about an actual person who was making a change in the world.
From my point of view it’s wrong to imprisoned someone for spreading love to others.
When you’re grabbing those flowers, cards, taking her (or his) hands into yours; remember one man made it possible for you to continue to spread the message of love and hope. Jesus Christ is the ultimate sign of unconditional love. To be nailed to a cross, left to die when he could have stopped the torture by calling down all the angels from heaven proving to non believers that he was in fact the Messiah would have been the easiest thing to do. Yet Jesus choose to endure the pain and suffering so we (mortal men) could obtain forgiveness from the Heavenly Father and show unconditional love to others.
Would You Be My Valentine?