Wednesday, February 29, 2012
From the Washington Post:
Leap days disrupt our calendar, and with it — if history is any indication — our entire societal sense of decorum. Clutch your pearls and ready your smelling salts for what you’re about to hear: On a leap day, women are permitted to propose to men, according to tradition.
Men who declined a lady’s proposal had to pay the woman a forfeit, in the form of money, a kiss, or sometimes, a silk dress. The tradition evolved to inspire Sadie Hawkins Day (based on the bold “Li’l Abner” character), sometimes celebrated in November, in which women can take the lead in asking men to a dance.
Read more here.