Ask him ... it's a Leap Year!

Date Posted:28 February 2020 



Irish Folklore is full of wild, wonderful and sometimes slightly odd traditions. They believed that every fourth year on the 29th of February, it was deemed acceptable for a woman to propose to their partner.

So how did this tradition come about?

It all began in 5th century Ireland when St. Brigid of Kildare had enough and complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait way too long for men to propose (we feel for you St. Brigid). St. Patrick realised St. Brigid’s frustration and decreed that women could propose on this one day and one day only. 

The tradition was then taken to Scotland by Irish monks. The Scotts then allegedly passed a law (an actual legal law) that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of her dreams on the 366th day of the year.

But wait there's more!

If the man declined the proposal they would have to pay a fine!

Fines included:

- Kiss payment

- Silk dress

- Pair of gloves

Keep in mind these laws were passed by 5-year-old Queen Margaret. She also made the rule that all the ladies had to be in red petticoats whilst they proposed!

The plot then thickens ... St. Brigid proposed to St. Patrick! Unfortunately, Patrick said no but she did gain a kiss on the cheek and silk dress.

So ladies, would you pop the question to your man on a leap year? Comment below to let us know what you think of this old Irish tradition? 




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