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Leap Year - February 29th 2020

On one very special day that comes around every four years, on February 29 (Leap Day), a woman is allowed to take her destiny in her own hands and ask a man to marry her.

But, how and why did the Leap Year tradition come about?

Well, the tradition is thought to date back to the 5th century, when, legend has it, an Irish nun called St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose.

So, they struck a deal. St Patrick decreed this one day in February, which occurs once every four years, when women were allowed to propose.

Additionally, in many European countries, tradition dictates that any gentleman who refuses a woman’s proposal on a leap day should pay a penalty. The fine could be paid in the form of a new gown, money, or 12 pairs of gloves for the lady.

If you are taking the leap and asking your man to Marry you on this very special day, check out our latest 2020 and 2021 Wedding Packages and Offers.

Contact our Wedding Manager Luan Davies on weddings@rowtonhallhotel.co.uk

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