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Women are supposed to propose this year!
While most women are happy to let their partners propose, it wasn’t the case centuries ago. According to Irish folklore, Saint Patrick struck a deal with Saint Brigid of Kildare in the fifth century, that women are allowed to propose marriage should their significant others take too long to do so. This tradition was also included in Scottish history, when a law was passed in 1288, allowing women to propose every four years. Any man who rejected a proposal had to pay a fine of silk dresses and gloves, to cover the woman’s lack of an engagement ring.
It is unlucky to wed on a leap year, or tie the knot on a leap day!
The Greeks and Italians believe that marrying then will lead to bad luck, as the former believe that most marriages celebrating that anniversary will lead to divorce. As for the latter? A leap year is reportedly when women are erratic. According to the British Telegraph, the superstition is said to have had such an impact that one in five engaged couples would rather wed earlier, or wait.
It is actually lucky to wed on a leap year (now we’re confused)
Before you start writing your plans of, the Chinese believe that a leap year’s an auspicious time to tie the knot.
It is unlucky to make major decisions
The Russians, Ukrainians, and Taiwanese all believe leap years are considered unlucky times to wed or buy a house, as the year is likely to bring about unlikely weather patterns and a greater risk of death all around.