Every four years, we are granted an extra day on our calendars, a day that doesn’t typically exist in most years. This day is known as “Leap Day.” takes place on February 29.
What is Leap Day?
Leap Day, also known as February 29th, is an additional day added to the calendar to account for the discrepancy between the traditional Gregorian calendar (365 days) and the actual time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun (approximately 365.2422 days). This slight difference might not seem like much, but over time, it adds up.
To keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year, an extra day is added to the calendar every four years. This practice is known as “leap year,” and the year containing Leap Day is called a “leap year.”