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When do Leap Day Babies Celebrate Their Birthdays?

Leaplings, people born on leap day, celebrate their birthdays either February 28 or March 1 in common years.

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When do “leaplings” celebrate their birthdays?

When do “leaplings” celebrate their birthdays – every year or only during leap years?

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When Is the Next Leap Day?

The next leap day is February 29, 2020.

The last Leap Day was on February 29, 2016.

“Leapling” Birthdays

Leap day on February 29 occurs nearly every four years, but leap day babies, or leaplings, still get to celebrate their birthdays in common years. Some celebrate on February 28, some prefer March 1.

When and what is Leap Day?

However, many countries have laws defining which date a person born on February 29 comes of age in legal terms. For instance in New Zealand, the official birthday falls on February 28 in common years; in other countries like the United Kingdom, leap year babies have to wait until March 1.

Leap Year World Records

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the only verified example of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 is that of the Keogh family. Peter Anthony was born in Ireland on a Leap Day in 1940, while his son, Peter Eric, was born in the UK on February 29, 1964. Peter Eric's daughter, Bethany Wealth, was also a Leap Day baby, born in the UK on February 29, 1996.

Leap Day Traditions and Superstitions

The Henriksen family from Andenes, Norway currently holds the official record for the most number of children born in one family on leap day. Karin Henriksen gave birth to three children on February 29; her daughter Heidi in 1960 and her sons Olav and Leif-Martin in 1964 and 1968.

Celebrity Leap Day Birthdays

  • 1468 – Pope Paul III (d. 1549)
  • 1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (William Tell, The Barber of Seville) (d. 1868)
  • 1896 – Morarji Desai, former Indian prime minister (d. 1995)
  • 1968 – Wendi Louise Peters, English television and theatre character actress
  • 1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer (d. 1994)
  • 1924 – Al Rosen, American baseball player
  • 1924 – Carlos Humberto Romero, former president of El Salvador
  • 1960 – Anthony (Tony) Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • 1964 – Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player
  • 1972 – Saul Stacey Williams, American singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor
  • 1972 – Antonio Sabàto Jr, Italian-born actor
  • 1976 – Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins), American rapper and actor
  • 1980 – Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer

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Leap Days 2016 – 2032

YearFebruary 29 – Day of the Week
2016Monday
2020Saturday
2024Thursday
2028Tuesday
2032Sunday

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What Is a Leap Year?


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Alternative Leap Years

  1. Bahá'í Calendar Leap Year
  2. Chinese Calendar Leap Year
  3. Ethiopian Calendar Leap Year
  4. Hindu Calendar Leap Year
  5. Persian Calendar Leap Year
  6. Islamic Calendar Leap Year
  7. Jewish Calendar Leap Year

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