Ember Day 29th. February, also Leap Day

Leap Day. The Washington Post have many ideas. Ottawa Citizen a few more.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“For example, in the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. Similarly, in theHebrew calendar (a lunisolar calendar), a 13th lunar month is added seven times every 19 years to the twelve lunar months in its common years to keep its calendar year from drifting through the seasons too rapidly.”

“In the liturgical calendar of the Western Christian churchesEmber days are four separate sets of three days within the same week — specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that were formerly set aside for fasting and prayer. These days set apart for special prayer and fasting were considered especially suitable for the ordination of clergy. The Ember Days are known in Latin as the quattuor anni tempora (the “four seasons of the year”), or formerly as the jejunia quattuor temporum (“fasts of the four seasons”).”

The Catholic Encyclopedia Ember days (corruption from Lat. Quatuor Tempora, four times) are the days at the beginning of the seasons ordered by the Church as days of fast and abstinence. They were definitely arranged and prescribed for the entire Church by Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085) for the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after 13 December (S. Lucia), after Ash Wednesday, after Whitsunday, and after 14 September “

Enjoy your extra day ! If you have a monthly salary, do you get paid extra ?  

And, today is the day, single men, beware of single women sneaking up on you with a large bundle of flowers, 

and a lovesick smile on their faces. Or be prepared to say: “Yes, dear,  I thought you never ask !” And be happy ever after.

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