That tradition of 29th February each leap year being the one day that women can propose goes back many hundreds of years to when the date had no recognition in English law - indeed the term came from the day being 'lept over' and ignored.
Women who were concerned about being 'left on the shelf' took advantage of this anomaly and proposed to the man they wished to marry.
It was also thought that since the leap year day corrected the discrepancy between the calendar year (365 days) and the time taken for the Earth to complete one orbit of the sun (365 days and 6 hours), it was an opportunity for women to correct a tradition that was one-sided and unjust.
While many traditions have gradually disappeared, this is one that is still going strong, and there will be some nervous looking men around tomorrow....
Looking for the perfect proposal inspiration? These are the guys that got it right with their amazing proposal ideas! In fact, these might be the best wedding proposals ever...
We love this one as it's tailored perfectly to the bride's preferences. Romantic Mat told girlfriend Kylie that he'd organised for a videographer to create a 'love story' video of the two of them for an anniversary present - little did Kylie know that he'd set up a projector surrounded by lanterns and fairylights in a woodland clearing, with a video filled with romantic Disney clips, as the bride loved Disney. Take a look at how the proposal goes (but you might need your tissues handy!)...
Under the Northern lights
Getting your perfect moment on film is key to pulling off the most magical proposal possible, and we think the word 'magical' sums up this amazing wedding proposal under the Northern Lights in Norway! We think that groom Dale picked the ideal place to propose to his girlfriend Karlie, as it's natural to want to take a photo in front of such an incredible sight, which means that Karlie would have been none the wiser that he was setting up this stunning shot...
Long distance proposal
This beautiful proposal by singer Jason summed up what a proposal should be about - making promises to the one you love, with plenty of personal details along the way! Jason created a video for his long distance girlfriend showing him making the drive from Philadelphia to New York, and planting her favourite flowers along the roadside with promises like 'I promise to take you to Broadway' and 'I promise to be the best husband I can be'. To top it all off, in the background plays a song that he had written and sung especially for the occasion! Take a look here...
Love letter proposal
We love that this clever proposal took place over three whole years! Over this time, Tim wrote his girlfriend Candice 13 love letters, each starting with the the letters spelling out 'WILL YOU MARRY ME' - and amazingly Candice didn't notice until the day of the proposal, when they sat surrounded by rose petals and candles reading back their love letters, and Tim arranged the papers in order!
Image credit: Ann Marie Yuen Photography
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