Leap into marriage
It’s a leap year. And whilst you may consider yourself a modern woman, you may like to adopt a vintage marriage tradition this year.
It’s the girl’s turn
In a leap year, traditionally a woman may propose marriage to her man. The leap year marriage tradition was introduced centuries ago. According to folk lore, the leap day was an invented day to fix a discrepancy in the calendar. It was not considered a “real” day; it had no cultural status. Thus, the reasoning goes, social customs also had different reality status on that day too.
Leap Year Wedding proposals
Given the leap day was to fix a glitch, women thought they could fix an unjust glitch in social custom, freeing them up to pop the question to the man they adored.
How did the leap year marriage proposal begin?
The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland supposedly passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. Tradition states they also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must also pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss, to a silk dress or a pair of gloves. Now this wedding celebrant thinks that’s a win win situation!
So for women who tire of waiting for the bloke to ask for their hand in marriage, the leap year gives them a legitimate occasion to propose, to leap into their own power.
Or does your wardrobe need a few more frocks? Propose away girls.