Leap Year + Leap Day!

Hello everyone,

Happy Leap Day!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a short definition of leap year : Leap year is a year which contains an additional day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the seasonal calendar. By adding an additional day every 4 years, we can synchronize our calendar with the seasonal calendar.

For example : The Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), the month of February in a leap year has 29 days instead of its usual 28 days. So the year lasts for 366 days instead of the normal 365!

 

By: Purple Pansy

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6 thoughts on “Leap Year + Leap Day!

  1. Purple Pansy,

    Nice reminder post, just saying, though, a leap year isn’t every 4 years – there are more rules. It’s every four years, unless the year is divisible by 100. But this 100 rule can also be overrided if the year is divisible by 400.
    😉

    Blue Iris

    • Hi Blue Iris!

      I knew about the 100 rule but never really knew that the rule can be over ridded if the year is divisible by 400! That’s pretty cool!

      Purple Pansy

  2. Thank you for the intersting post Pansy.

    I found that there are leap years in different calendars too..

    i.e: The Chinese leap year has 13 months, with a leap month added about every 3 years. The name of a leap month is the same as previous lunar month. The leap month’s place in the The Chinese calendar varies from year to year. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, 2006 was a leap year in the Chinese calendar.

    The following link explains leaps years in different calendars:
    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leap-day-february-29.html

    • Hi!

      There are many calendars which contain leap years too! I picked the Gregorian calendar because where I live, it’s the most common calendar used!

      Purple Pansy

      • I think the majority of people nowadays use a Gregorian calendar. But, I had no idea that for Chinese people, there isn’t a leap day, but a leap month! I wonder what that month is called?

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