Or is it a second Halloween?It comes around every four years and it's my uncle's birthday (which makes him younger than me! but not really). I've always been interested in Leap Day because I think it's weird, it's a day that shows up like magic. It only exists so we can adjust the Gregorian calendar to match the cycles of nature, but that's about it. We don't do anything special to mark the occasion and I think that's a bummer. We're overlooking some prime holiday time! Think about it, it's another excuse to eat poorly and have fun. Why isn't Leap Day a big deal?
I remember when I was little, I had watched an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? where story teller, Betty Ann, tells a scary story inspired by the folklore of Leap Day. Well, more specifically it was about a full moon on Leap Year, probably because the last full moon on Leap Day took place in the 70's and not the 90's when AYOTD was being filmed. Regardless, the characters were explaining that a full moon on Leap Day held some seriously bad juju. It's a time when the veil between the spirit world and the world of the living is at it's thinnest and spirits are free to roam the earth seeking the souls of the living as their victims. Are you thinking of Halloween or Day of the Dead? Because I was. This was only strengthened by the fact that the story teller greets the circle garbed in a black robe, donning a paper sugar skull mask. You can imagine my surprise! A day like Halloween in February? It's so cool and scary! How could I not know about this?!
It's only with age, wisdom and of course the internet that one becomes painfully aware of the truth. There is no folklore that I could find in regards to a full moon on Leap day. This is probably because it happens so rarely. The last one took place in 1972, the next one will occur in 2048. Any superstitions children would create regarding the day would be lost throughout the generations; it's just too big of a gap for anyone to give a shit. Perhaps that was the script writer's intention all along. Maybe they didn't want to choose a date that was possible for kids because it'd be "too scary". But nothing on AYOTD was that scary. As far as weird folkloric Leap Day superstitions go, all that I could find was that women were encouraged to propose during this time, Greeks felt it was a bad year to marry, and crops could suffer. Woot. Real cool, huh? Well I don't think so. I think Leap Day should become the next Halloween. It would give us something to look forward to, instead of just a random day that pops up every four years only to remind us that we're getting older.
What do you think of Leap Day?