Every four years, February has an extra day and we call that Leap Year. The year 2016 happens to be Leap Year and many wonder why this occurs. As reported by Telegraph, a complete orbit of the sun around the Earth takes exactly 365.2422 days, but the Gregorian calendar is 365 days. So, leap years are made in order to stay on track with our calendars and the seasons. TimeAndDate.com says that if we didn’t incorporate a Leap Day in our lives, we would lose about six hours off our calendar each year. What’s even more interesting is that even though Leap Year technically occurs every four years, there are exceptions. The extra day occurs whenever the year is divisible by four. Years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400 are the exceptions, according to Telegraph.
There is actually a petition to make Leap Day a bank holiday, but this request has not been granted.
If you are born on Leap Day, you may be referred to as a “leapling”, or “leaper.” If your birthday is February 29th, you can choose to celebrate it the day before or after … or just wait for the occasion every four years (but that doesn’t make you any younger).