So before I get burned at the stake, I know that women can propose to anyone they choose to on any day of the year.
However, this is a fun tradition and it happened this year. So ladies, did you propose? If you did I would love to hear about it.
According to an old Irish tradition, on the year that has 366 days, a woman can propose to a man. This tradition started when St. Brigid of Kildare complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait far too long for men to propose. St. Patrick clearly missing St. Brigid’s request for a proposal, decreed that women could propose on February 29 during leap year.
The tradition was taken to Scotland by Irish monks. When an unmarried Queen Margaret heard of this tradition she passed a law stating that those women proposing must wear a red petticoat while doing so. She also passed a law that stated that any man who declined the proposal on this day would have to pay a fine. The fine could be a kiss, a silk dress, or a pair of gloves. In some upper class societies the custom of denial involved buying the woman 12 pair of gloves. Legend has it that the gloves were to cover up a hand that had no ring.
This tradition came from St. Brigids proposal to St. Patrick. On the following leap year St. Brigid did propose to St. Patrick. He declined. He did however give her a kiss on the cheek and a silk dress.
If you are thinking of proposing on February 29, 2020 be mindful that a proposal can go just as wrong if a woman is doing the asking as if a guy were asking. Make sure you have hired a professional planner and photographer to help you plan the perfect proposal and document your day.
This is such a cute tradition and will make for a great story. So if you proposed on February 29, 2016 let me know. If you had a photographer I would love to put the photos up on the blog.
If you are waiting for your person to propose more power to you. Just know, that in 2020 you will have another opportunity to propose again. I’ll help style it or plan it and we can send it in for publication. Now that will make a great proposal story.