Do you know someone who’s a “leapling” or a person born during the extra day on a leap year? A leap year occurs every four years to make sure that the calendar remains aligned with the solar year. This helps scientists predict the seasons more accurately. Leaplings are rare: out of billions of people in the world, only around five million of them were born on a leap year. In Singapore, there are about 3,700 leap day babies as of 2016.
What would it be like to be born on this unique date? Read on.
#1 Nope, they don’t celebrate their birthdays only every 29 February
Contrary to what some people might think, leap year babies don’t have to wait for the 29th of February to have a celebration. Some of them celebrate on 28 February or 1 March. However, others still tend to stick to 29 February. They have fewer birthday celebrations but this would make it more special for them, right?
#2 They get to be asked “How old are you really?” more often than you can imagine
The timing of their birthday celebration is just as challenging as answering the question, “How old are you?” Leap year babies get teased about their age, with some thinking they’re still kids. Technically, if their birthday falls on 29 February, they’ll be counting their age based on the number of times the date has occurred. So don’t be surprised if an adult leapling tells you they’re only 5.
#3 They have the same birthdays as Ja Rule and Tony Robbins and they have cool nicknames
There are quite a few famous people who were born on a leap year: American rapper Ja Rule, British football player Darren Ambrose, musician Mark Foster, and celebrity Tony Robbins. Leap year babies also have fun with the way people call them, with nicknames like leapsters and leapers. Being a leapling could make for a great trivia too when introducing themselves.
#4 Some countries have rules for leaplings
Countries like the United Kingdom and United States recognise that a leap year baby legally ages every 1 March to make things clearer. Meanwhile in New Zealand and Taiwan, 28 February is used. This makes it easier to apply for IDs or other legal documents.
#5 You may not find your birthday in online sites all the time
At some point, leaplings find it hard to look for 29 February in the option for birthdays when filling out forms or creating accounts online. Even Facebook has a hard time acknowledging 29 February, so just don’t expect that the site will notify your friends whenever it’s your birthday. Try putting 28 February or 1 March instead.