29th February comes once every four years and on this day women have the right to propose to men. Cue running, screaming men! 

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There are a few tales of origin for this tradition;

 

Irish
It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. According to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year.

Scottish 
The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. They also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.

I'm all for nipping up to Scotland to get myself some new outfits.

So if any of you ladies do decide to ask someone special to marry you just make sure you do the job properly, with some thought even if that thought is mainly about the ring you will choose if he says 'yes'.

And boys if you are thinking about getting down on one knee please lets not even consider Elizabeth Duke, Tiffany & Co all the way - some good examples here.

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