Happy Leap Day
Today we would like to give a quick history lesson on Leap Day. February 29th, also known as Leap Day, happens roughly every four year. Why? Because it takes the Earth approximately 365 days and six hours to make a full revolution around the sun. So every four years we accumulate an “extra day”. Children born on this day are called Leaplings and celebrate their birthdays on February 28th or March 1st in years when there is no February 29th.
There are some traditions that have originated because of Leap Day. Some well known, others less so. You may have heard of the Irish folktale that on this day, women were awarded the right to propose to men. It’s also rumored that if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on this day, it is bad luck!
Now we want to finally let you in a little secret we’ve known for years: The real Leap Day tradition. Leap Day was introduced with the Gregorian calendar in 1582. How did they celebrate it back then you ask?
With dunk contests!
Ever since it’s inception, Leap Day has been a day full of leaping, dunking and showmanship. The best leapers from all the lands used to congregate on Leap Day to put on a show for the masses displaying their athleticism and jumping ability. It was quite entertaining, and has evolved into what we all know now as the Harlem Globetrotters.
We’ve put together our own Leap Day Dunk video for your viewing pleasure in an attempt to bring the tradition back. Hope you enjoy and happy Leap Day! If this video doesn’t satisfy your dunk cravings you can always subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest Globetrotter highlights.
Happy Leap Day!
-The Harlem Globetrotters