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2.3. What day is the leap day?




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This article is from the Calendars FAQ, by Claus Tondering claus@tondering.dk with numerous contributions by others.

2.3. What day is the leap day?

It is 24 February!

Weird? Yes! The explanation is related to the Roman calendar and is
found in section 2.7.1.

From a numerical point of view, of course 29 February is the extra
day. But from the point of view of celebration of feast days, the
following correspondence between days in leap years and non-leap
years has traditionally been used:

        Non-leap year           Leap year
        -------------           ----------
        22 February             22 February
        23 February             23 February
                                24 February (extra day)
        24 February             25 February
        25 February             26 February
        26 February             27 February
        27 February             28 February
        28 February             29 February

For example, the feast of St. Leander has been celebrated on 27
February in non-leap years and on 28 February in leap years.

Many countries are gradually changing the leap day from the 24th to
the 29th. This affects countries such as Sweden and Austria that
celebrate "name days" (i.e. each day is associated with a name).

 

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