Today is Leap Day
Today is a special day! Especially, if it is your birthday.
Today is February 29th. Normally, there are only 28 days in February.
We celebrate Leap Year every four years. We have one extra day this year.
The reason we have this day is to balance out the differences between our calendar and the solar calendar.
It actually takes, 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds and not 365 exact days.
We add one extra day to keep it balanced.
You can thank the Egyptians for this day. They decided to round the extra hours to 6 hours and add an extra day every four years. The Romans thought this was a great idea so they named it Leap Year.
Since they rounded the number up to 6 hours, what happens over time with the extra minutes? It does not seem like a big deal, but over a hundred years it makes a difference.
To solve this problem, Leap Year occurs every four years except years that end in double zeros. That is why there was no Leap Year in 2000.