Happy Leap Year! How To Celebrate Leap Day 2012

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Jim Carrey as Leap Day William. Yes, those are gills. No, we don't know why, either. | Source: hollywood.com

Happy Leap Year! Leap years only come about once every four years. Why? It’s a long and pretty boring story, but leap year came about when the creators of the solar calendar realized we needed to add an extra day every four years to synchronize with the seasons and with the astronomical year. February 29 has become known as Leap Day. Since it only comes around every four years, here are our favorite ways to celebrate leap year and Leap Day!

Take a chance! Use this day as an excuse to do something you wouldn’t normally do. We’re not saying to park next to a windowless van or anything — just do something different. Take a different route to the mall, order a new dessert. If you don’t like it, so what? You broke a boundary!

Register to vote! Elections, like leap year, are another thing that only come every four years. Make your voice heard!

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How cute is Amy Adams? Leap Day is a good reason to indulge your girl crush! | Source: gordonandthewhale.com

Indulge in a cheesy romcom. Just like Valentine’s Day has, well, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve has New Year’s Eve, leap year has — wait for it! — Leap Year.

Eat rhubarb. At least that’s how they celebrated on 30 Rock. Good thing it’s delicious (strawberry rhubarb pie is to die for)!

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Leap Day is a good time to put a ring on it -- or just ask him to a movie! | Source: fashionmagazine.net

Propose! Or, you know, just ask that cute guy out. Irish folklore says that St. Bridget bargained with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years as a means to balance not only gender roles, but also the calendar. So chat up that cute guy in your geometry class and invite him for a slice of pizza (or, if you really want to get festive, shepherd’s pie)! Another alternative? Put a ring on yourself. You deserve it!

Are you celebrating Leap Day? Are you a Leap Year baby? What are you doing with your extra day this Leap Year? Let us know in the comments!

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  • erg9435

    OMG! My now bf asked me out on leap year i think its so cute.

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  • brian

    I was born on this day one day before my dad so i am always stuck either celebrating on the 28th or combining our birthdays but every four years I get to super celebrate because its my real birthday!!!!!