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Newsletter Issue 92

An Extra Day in February!

2020 is a leap year, and that means we all get to enjoy an extra day at the end of February. The leap day in the western secular calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar as a way to keep the calendar of the times synchronized with the Earth's rotation around the Sun. But for hundreds of years, the leap day was on February 24 and not February 29.

What would happen if we didn't have regular leap days?

Did you know...

...that the legal birth date of leap day babies or leapsters as they are often called, depends on the country they were born? Some leaplings have to celebrate their birthdays on March 1 and others on February 28.

Matching the Earth's Revolution

Leap years aren't just used in the Gregorian calendar. Other cultures and other religious calendars also use leap days and leap months to keep their calendar synchronized with the Earth's revolution around the Sun.

Leap years in other calendars
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