Leap Year’s Day, Job’s Birthday
February 29th occurs only once every four years, its addition being designed to rectify the discrepancy between the calendar of 365 days and the solar year of approximately 365 1/4 days.
Leap Year is regarded as generally unlucky in Scotland, and Leap Year’s Day is especially considered ill-omened; this is because it was Job’s birthday, and supposedly the prophet cursed the day he was born. However, the Lord took mercuy upon him and thus only allowed it to occur once every four years.
This day is said to be hazardous for men, as ladies have full and absolute license to propose marriage to single gentlemen. Should the gentleman rudely refuse the offer, then he is honor bound to give the lady a present of fresh flowers, white gloves and chocolate.