Everything You Wanted to Know About Leap Day
January 25, 2024
What is a leapling?
On average, everyone shares their birthday with around 21 million people across the planet — unless, of course, you’re born on a Leap Day, which only comes once every four years on the elusive Feb. 29. It’s estimated that worldwide, around five million people — dubbed “Leaplings” — have a Feb. 29 birthday (in the US, it’s about 187,000 people). (Source: Popsugar)
Why is there a leap year?
It takes planet Earth just slightly more than 365 days to orbit the sun, and that extra 6 hours or so needs to be accounted for in the Gregorian calendar. A single leap day in February makes up for those missed quarter days of the last four years, allowing for equinoxes and solstices to stay aligned with the seasons. (Source: Thrillist)
What are the odds of being born on Leap Day?
The chances of being born on Leap Day are about one in 1,461, as Feb. 29 only comes around once every 1,461 days. And if a baby is born during a Leap Year, the chance of their birthday falling on Feb. 29 is a one in 366 chance.
Leapling groups and gatherings
Leaplings are a very special group of people! They even have their own “Honor Society of Leap Day Babies” Facebook group. It’s composed of members who are eager to plan meet-ups around the world. They have hosted events taking place in Disney World, Vegas, and New York City (not to mention Australia, Europe, the UK, and Canada).
But perhaps the most important meeting place for Leap Day babies around the world is Anthony, Texas. The little town, which sits on the border of Texas and New Mexico, is regarded as the “Leap Year Capital of the World.”
But for 2024, there’s a new party for Leap Day Babies coming to the Snowvillage Inn!
Leaplings! We celebrate you
You wait four years to celebrate your birthday. Why not celebrate with other Leaplings! Join us for dinner at the Snowvillage Inn in Snowville, NH on Thursday, February 29th and you stay for free. You just need to pay for dinner for two at their on-site restaurant, Max’s Pub. Book now for the best room available. A king room with a view, a queen room with a fireplace or a cozy Carriage House room. Check into your room at 3pm, go for a snowshoe on our trails and then enjoy a lovely dinner including a birthday cake! Package includes a free night stay, a birthday cake at dinner and a full country breakfast every at your private table.
To qualify, you will need to send a picture of your driver’s license and make a dinner reservation! Call 603-447-2818 for more details and to book your room.
- A full country breakfast every at your private table
- Birthday Cake at dinner
- Free night stay
- Not valid with any other offer. Only available Thursday, February 29, 2024. May not be transferred to another day. Dinner reservations at Max’s is required for free room offer.