Thursday 8 December 2016

Leap Year Proposal: Monday is the day for ladies to pop the question

Sasha Brady

Published 26/02/2016 | 16:01

Many women will be planning to make a very special proposal on February 29
Many women will be planning to make a very special proposal on February 29

This Leap Year sees the unofficial 'lady's day to propose' fall on Monday, February 29 and Independent.ie is looking for females to share their stories.

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It's widely believed that The Ladies’ Privilege, as it was known then, originated in the fifth century in Ireland, through St. Brigid.

Through her intervention it was decided that on February 29, women would be given the opportunity to pop the question as a way to balance traditional gender roles - similar to how the leap year balances the calendar.

Centuries later, women are still using this bit of folklore as an incentive to ask for their partner's hand in marriage on February 29 (or any day in the leap year).

If you're planning on popping the question to your partner, email style@independent.ie for a chance to feature your story online and make your day that bit more memorable.

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