Since ancient Egyptians devised a plan to synchronize the calendar year with the solar calendar, Leap Year has been going strong.
In order to keep festivities and celebrations occurring during specific seasons, the leap year was adopted and has carried on for centuries.
Every four years, a day is added to the calendar year.
Ancient Romans jumped on the Egyptian bandwagon and fell in line with their ideas to sync up the yearly calendar with the solar year in order to keep festivities and celebrations happening in the same seasons year to year.
Many people are born on leap year and celebrate in different ways.
“As a kid, I remember people talking and asking me about (Leap Year),” said Dave Andrews, who was born on Feb. 29, 1972.
“I will be 40 years old or 10 leap years old,” Andrews, of Los Angeles explained. “We usually just have a standard party on a weekend closest to the date so people can come.”
Andrews added that being born on leap year was never a special occasion, but, more of a dinner conversation topic.
Around the Temecula Valley it seems business owners aren’t really doing much in the way of recognizing the once-every-four-year occasion.
“Temecula has big events coming up like the Lt. Dan Band concert and the Rod Run in a couple of weeks,” said Nadia Bagdasarian, who works for the city of Temecula. “We don’t have anything special planned out for Leap Year.”
One local company is doing something out of the ordinary to acknowledge the four year event.
“For the most part it is business as usual on Feb. 29., however, we are adding something special to the line-up,” Sunrise Balloons and Uncorked Wine Tours Operations Director Megan Franks explained.
Franks said that instead of their normal three winery stops during their tour, they are adding a fourth stop in honor of the special occasion.
“We think it will be fun to add a fourth stop on our tour, “ Franks said.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer and photographer and can be reached at email@example.com.