2016 is a leap year which – as anyone who’s seen Amy Adams’ 2010 rom-com will know- traditionally means women can use the extra day in February to propose to their partner. The custom has certainly gotten all of the ladies (and men) here at SuperBreak HQ talking! Would we ever propose to our partners? Where did the leap year proposal tradition come from? And surely we can propose any day of any year if we want?
So, where did the leap year proposal tradition come from?
There are many theories and legends about where the tradition originated from. One Irish legend has it that St Brigid made a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose every four years. Supposedly, the reasoning behind the pact was to balance the roles between men and women, in the same way that the extra day balances the calendar. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that being ‘allowed’ to propose once every four years wasn’t the biggest leap forward for women’s equality, so why is it that even now, proposing is still generally left down to the men in our lives?
If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it
Having been chatting with the SuperBreak ladies about the leap year proposal all week, lots of the women I’ve been speaking with still feel it’s the man’s place to propose. Several colleagues say they’ve imagined how they would be proposed to since they were a little girl, and they never thought that they would be the one down on one knee.
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Ok, I’ll stop quoting Beyonce.
On the flipside, a lot of our SuperBreak ladies would love to be the ones to ask their partner to marry them. Whether they’re fed up waiting for their partner to do it, want to break from the tradition, or are just big old romantics – why should we leave it to the man, when we know we love our partner and want to take the next step. Plus, why should we only be able to propose once every four years? Whether we personally would propose to our partners or not, one thing I’m sure we can all agree on is that women who do want to propose can do so any day of the year – but the leap year legend does make for a quirky angle.
So, are you planning to propose?
What do you think ladies, are you planning to propose this leap year? SuperBreak are offering one romantic lady the chance to propose to her partner in Paris this leap year. All you have to do to enter is vote in our poll telling us why you want to propose and how you would do it.