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Tradition dictates that a man who refuses a woman's proposal on leap day has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves so she may hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.©i Last leap day was February 29, 2016.

During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.

In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason.

My older brother, an expert diver who was teaching me, says that I bounced up and down on the board for several long minutes before I took the plunge. I bounced up and down on a metaphorical diving board until I was well into my thirties before I finally got through my fears and took the leap.