29th February- get down on your knees!
The Wedding Planner Ireland advises: According to the Irish tradition (said to go back to Saint Patrick and St Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland) women may make marriage proposals on 29th February. Girls, 2008 is your only chance for at least another four years!
It is believed this tradition was started in the 5th century in Ireland, when the rules of courtship were quite different to today and women didn’t have an option but to wait for their boyfriend to pop the question when they believed the time was right.
According to the legend, St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for a man to propose so St. Patrick decided women could get down on their knees on 29th February, that is, only on a leap year.
Even though, in this day and age, no woman has to wait for her boyfriend to propose… it is a nice touch doing it on 29th February!