|Maiden Song by |
Emma Florence Harrison, 1910
The information above was found at the following links:
- In the British Isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years.
- A 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow.
- Later, women looking to take advantage of their opportunity to proposal marriage were expected to wear a scarlet petticoat as fair warning.
- In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on the bissextile leap day, February 24, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves.
- In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman's proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabric for a skirt.
- In Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky.
Below are some stories that will hopefully make you “leap” for joy!
Two Feasts and a Leap Day – Ukraine
The Death Leap of Tikawe – Maori
The Leap – Aesop
The Leap-Frog – Danish
Leap the Elk and Princess Tuvstarr (Cottongrass) – Sweden
And of course, if we are talking about leaping we can’t leave out our friendly frogs! Here is a blog post I wrote in April of 2010 to celebrate National Frog Month.
Child Fun – Leap year crafts, songs and activities.
Leap Year Party Games and Printables – Lots of fun things here including a frog puppet, maze and more.
Leap Year Math Quiz
Lesson Plans Page.com – For grades 6 through 7.
Jump Rope RHYME
Leap Year, Leap Year
When will you be?
Every four years
Then you'll see.
You want more?
We do too!
How many more
can you Leap to?