Did You Know: Leap Day

Did you know…?

That Julius Caesar is the reason why we have a Leap Year every four years!

Back in the Ancient Times, he came up with the idea of adding an extra day in February to accommodate Solar Year, which consists of a weird 365.2422 days!

Unlike how we now add an extra day at the end of the month, the Romans just repeated February 24 (imagine that?!).

Before then, the Egyptians had a whole Leap Month, which Caesar decided to get rid of. This, in turn, put together the Julian Calendar.

And did you know that people who are born on this day are actually called “Leapings” too?

For further reading (and to check out my source), go to The British Library website. They explain it in more detail, and there is a beautiful medieval manuscript too!

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