A long time ago, when rules of courtship were a lot stricter, a Leap Day i.e. February 29th, was considered the only acceptable time in four years where a woman could propose marriage to a man.
Old Irish legend says that St.Bridget struck a deal with St.Patrick to allow women to propose to men on this day. Also, known as 'Bachelor's Day’, it was also concluded that since the Leap Day existed to fix a problem in the calendar, it could also be used to fix an unjust custom that only let men propose marriage.
Image: One of a series of humorous postcards on the theme of women capturing prospective husbands during leap year
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