Leap Day

Leap Day

Mackenzie Kisslinger , Staff Reporter

The ten month Roman calendar originating from the mythical Romulus, according to ancient writers, was the first calendar ever documented. The twelve month calendar used in present day was not used until 600 B.C. when Numa Pompilius, Roman political figure, added the month of January and February to the calendar.  

But the twelve month calendar still presented a problem. A year is 365.25 days long. Meaning that without the addition of February 29th every four years (better known as Leap Day), we would lose almost six hours from our calendar. This leading to the loss of twenty four days after one hundred years.

Senior, Isaac Squyres, celebrates leap day by doing something new and different.

“It is a new day that only comes around every 4 years. I don’t see why people wouldn’t celebrate it,” Squyers said.

While some people celebrate by doing something out of their ordinary. While others celebrate by doing something more familiar yet still fun.

“Today I am going to get some crawfish and then going ice skating downtown to celebrate leap day. Both things I really enjoy doing,” junior Hunter Valverde said.

While leap year can be a pain for some that’s birthdays or anniversaries fall on the 29th, others have Julius Caesar to thank for the 29th day of February.

“It is just another day to enjoy your life,” Valverde said.