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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year!

Leap Year!!! OK - you got an extra day. What are you doing with it? Organizing a closet? Getting a jump on spring cleaning? Catching up on all the New Years' resolutions that went south on Jan. 2? Are you being "productive"? Forget it! How about take this day and just enjoy. Enjoy the extra day with your family, your friends, your co-workers, your pets, yourself! Enjoy being alive for an extra day before we churn into the next "productive" month, year, millennium of tasks to do and things to tackle. Enjoy your leap year! Leap Year Explained - A leap year (or intercalary or bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.[1] Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year. For example, in the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. Similarly, in the Hebrew calendar (a lunisolar calendar), a 13th lunar month is added seven times every 19 years to the twelve lunar months in its common years to keep its calendar year from drifting through the seasons too rapidly. READ MORE

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