2016 is a Leap Year! Make Your Extra Day Count!

2016 is a Leap Year! Make Your Extra Day Count!

What is a Leap Year?

We experience a Leap Year every four years. Julius Caesar first introduced the Leap Year over 2000 years ago as a way to keep the modern day calendar system in sync with the Earth’s revolution around the sun. The Leap Year also helps to maintain the correct seasonal climate changes.

The Leap Day gets added onto the month of February as it is the shortest month of the year. Without this extra day, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year!


What can we do with it?

Let’s celebrate this rare occasion. It’s not often that we experience a year with 366 days! We have one more day this year than we did last year — what will you do to make it count?


Here are some big and small ideas of how you can make your extra day count:


If You’re a Woman, Propose

It is an old Irish tradition for women to propose on Leap Day. It is said that this was introduced to allow for the traditional roles of men and women to balance out much like the Leap Day balances the calendar.


Start something new

With an extra day to plan, prepare, and a dream, why not make this year an extra special one by branching out and starting that club, team, business or family you’ve always dreamt of. Or you could grow your skillset by doing a short course through a university or asking a loved one or friend to teach you something like how to sew, how to cook, how to ride a bike, or how to drive.



Reading can be a great way of relaxing, reflecting or learning. Find an inspiring book, put your feet up, and get lost in an inspiring book for day.


Start Saving

Make your extra day count by making your money count for more. If you have difficulty saving, why not try a structured savings plan such as the popular 52 week saving plan. Sifina ukuba nemali kaDecember!


Spend Time With Your Loved Ones

Share a day or evening with your friends or family. Have a picnic, a shisa inyama, a games night, or make a trip to the movies. With an extra day on the calendar, you have the perfect opportunity to make the extra time for your loved ones.