Ladies are you wanting your man to propose? Has your relationship gone on long enough and you feel its the right time to take it to the next level? Have you been looking forward to planning your own wedding? Maybe he needs a little push? GOOD NEWS, your day is coming up on 29th February 2016 just in time for a leap year proposal.
Firstly at Pink Caviar Events believe it is perfectly fine for a woman to propose to a man. Not just one day every 4 years. Although timing is perfect for 2016, we thought to bring up this age old tradition and shed some light on it.
Leap Year Proposal: Where It Began
There are a couple of theories behind this but the most popular one dates back to Ireland. Saint Brigid of Kildare had asked Saint Patrick for permission for women to be allowed to propose to their suitors. This is the same Saint Patrick which is the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is the same Saint Patrick we dress up for in green clothes and go out to have a Guinness.
Saint Brigid had asked because there was a rising complaint that men were not proposing. The main reason was that they were apparently ‘too shy’ to ask. Originally Saint Patrick had allowed for women to propose once every seven years. Brigid did not think this was good enough and had asked to make it every leap year.
The next course of event’s come under speculation. It was said that when the law changed and women could propose, Brigid had got down on one knee and proposed to Saint Patrick Himself. However she was refused by him. The legend goes that he bent over and gave her a kiss on the cheek to let her down gently. He also offered her a silk gown to ease the rejection. As a result, the Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a woman’s leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown.
Another story behind the leap year proposal goes to nearby Scotland. In 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland allowed women to propose on a leap year. This was under the proviso that they wore a red petticoat. It was to warn their partners that they intended to propose and not be caught completely by surprise.
In other European countries especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictated that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on the 29th February had to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. This is so the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.
As we have said before, we believe that any man / woman can propose to whomever they choose, whenever they choose. But at least you now know where the tradition comes from and have a few days to prepare. If you would like a hand, contact us – your Sydney wedding planner specialists. If you are serious about asking your man’s hand in marriage then here is your chance. That being said it is only a few days away 😉
UPDATE: Channel 10 Eyewitness News decided to feature us based on this article on ‘Leap Year Proposal’. Our very own Stephanie Cassimatis was interviewed! Check it out below: