It’s a Leap Year, Ladies – Time to Propose to Your Man!
Women are allowed to propose to their significant others once every 4 years according to Irish folklore, and that day is coming up, ladies - February 29, to be exact.
This year is a Leap Year, meaning for the first time since 2012, we'll have a February 29. In Irish folklore, this day is reserved for women to propose to their man.
Of course we live in a progressive time when women are totally allowed to propose to their man whenever they so please, however, back in 5th century Ireland, it became an official "rule" that women could propose on this day.
The story goes something like this: One day, St. Brigid of Kildare complained to St. Patrick, "Women have to wait too damn long for men to propose. What the Hell's up with that?" So, St. Patrick declared that women were allowed to propose on this one day in February, which unfortunately only occurs once every 4 years. (Another variation of the tale shows St. Patrick rejecting St. Brigid's surprise marriage proposal, so maybe he was just trying to soften the blow, shut her up, and make her go away? Bet he ghosted her after that, too.)
The tradition was passed on to Scotland by Irish monks, where if men declined a woman's proposal, they were issued a fine. (Bwahahaha, suckas!) This law was allegedly passed by the ultimate single lady Queen Margaret (who may have actually only been 5 years old at the time).
In some places, February 29 is nicknamed Bachelor's Day in honor of guys that declined marriage proposals through this tradition.