Leap Year – February 30 days?
Life is about the changes, it gives an opportunity to cheer a day, month or even a year. The year 2020 is having a unique combination of numbers and 29 days in the month of February adding the sweet flavor to make it so special.
There are entities who do not miss a single day to cheer and Google is one of them. Google Doodle is one of the best ways to set the example for others to find closed lips smile, thanks to the creator for sharing lovely Doodle for us to have an extended day in the year 2020. It inspired me to express my emotions, also encouraged me to find interesting facts about leap year.
My 6-years old son is always curious to know about a different thing, definitively curiosity banks on questions. I don’t know how to express my situation when he asked the following questions:
- What is a Leap year?
- Why 29 days in February?
- Who invented the leap year?
- Ever 30 days in February?
First two questions were somewhere explainable to him, however, the next two were more challenging for me to reply, actually the bouncer. As he drafted his questions nicely so it was an opportunity to act like a father and explain too. Frankly speaking, below mentioned information is so refreshing for people like us and very useful for the next generation too, better to read the entire blog.
# What is a Leap year?
Leap year is a year where Month February able to find 29 days morning, in other words, March has to wait for one more to kick off. There are ways to find out which year is going to be a leap year, here are the rules:
Leap Year Rule:
- The year must be evenly divisible by 4;
- If the year can also be evenly divided by 100, it is not a leap year;
- The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year. According to these rules, the years 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300, and 2500 are not leap years.
#Why 29 days in February?
Rotation of Earth around the Sun makes a year, mother earth takes about 365.24 days, more preciously it is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds to complete the round of SUN. To adjust the extra hours (05:48:45), every four years one day added into the kitty of February month, which makes it 29 days February and year is called a Leap year.
# Who invented the leap year?
During the initial phase of the Georgian calendar, the Julian calendar was used primarily. In Julian Calendar, a first time leap year was introduced almost 2000 years back by Roman General Julius Caesar. Later on, it was adopted by Georgian calendar efficiently.
#Ever 30 days in February?
There are two instances in the history where the February day count has been reached to 30 days.
1st – Sweden’s 30 Days of February
While 17th century about the end and 18th Century getting ready to move ahead, Sweden has decided the transition from Julian to the Gregorian calendar. Due to miscalculation during the transition period the year, 1704 and 1708 became leap years by error, so they reverted back to Julian Calendar.
During the restoration process of the Julian calendar, 2 days error was found and the month of February got 2 more days in the year 1712. So it was the first instance in the history where the date was 30th February 1712.
Guys, this transition wasn’t ended here, Sweden finally adopted the Gregorian calendar in the year 1753 and to correct the day’s errors, the month of February got only 17 days (11 days less than the 28 days cycle).
2nd The Soviet Revolutionary Calendar
Usually, February has 28 or 29 days in a month in most of the internationally adopted calendars. However, 30 days existed from 1930–1931 after the Soviet Union introduced a revolutionary calendar in 1929.
All the best guys to have a wonderful leap year and enjoy the 29th Feb 2020. I hope the provided information is useful and unique in nature, if you like the stuff, ensure to share it with your friends and family members to have a touch base of useful information.
I would like to thanks to Google for giving me a subject to do research about leap year and ability to find valid/useful information, also like to give BIG Thanks to TimesandDate.com for providing lot of information at their website. I am a big fan of this website because of their site contents.
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With best wishes.