Ladies, think it’s about time you made an honest man of him? Jump on board an age-old tradition and pop the question yourself on February 29.
Every four years, there comes a day when women can take the bull by the horns and ask their man to marry them.
February 29 is traditionally the one day when women can propose marriage and, according to a survey in British Heart Foundation shops, more than a third of British women are thinking about popping the question this year. It seems London ladies are the most in control of their relationships, with almost half of them thinking about proposing.
Todayâs society doesn’t frown on women who propose but this wasnât always the case. There are several theories surrounding the advent of leap year proposals but, back in the days when the rules of courtship were a lot stricter, women were simply not allowed to pop the question.
At that time, February 29 wasn’t a recognised date, so the day itself was simply leapt over an hence the name. Since it had no legal standing, legend has it that people assumed tradition had no official status on this day, either. Therefore, women had an opportunity to change the custom that only men could propose. What’s more, if a man rejected a womens proposal, he had to buy her 12 pairs of gloves, to hide the embarrassment of the lady in question not having an engagement ring.