Updated: Aug 31, 2022
By Zahrya Washington
This year of 2020, is a LEAP YEAR!!! That means that February is going to have an extra day, instead of originally 28 days, there will be 29 days. Every four years an extra day is added to the year which is commonly known as a leap year. The last leap year was February 29, 2016. This reasoning behind the leap year is to keep our modern day alignment with earth’s revolution around the sun, it helps keep a balance. Without it we would lose 6 hours off the calendar every year and after 100 years an amount of 24 days would be lost. The reason it is added to the month of February is because February is the shortest month of the year.
The Leap Year was first introduced by Julius Caesar, over 2,00 years ago. On the Julian Calendar the rule was “ any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year”. It wasn't until the
The Gregorian calendar was revised 1,500 years later in 1582. For the Gregorian calendar there was a lot to take into consideration which is why there were 3 criterias/ rules made. These include that the year can be divided by 4, if the leap year can be divided by 100 it isn't considered to be a leap year, also the year is divisible by 400 which makes it a leap year. Overall leap year is important to keep a balance of the overall days and alignment.