April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.
– old saying
A Dozen Gloves
In many upper classes of the European societies, tradition dictates that any man who rejects a woman's proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves and why? The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. More so, in some places, leap day is observed as “Bachelors’ Day” where a man is expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman.