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Lady lovers take the leap in lights

Posted at 6:15 pm, February 11, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

Wedding ChapelLadies, if you’re tired of waiting for your man to pop that long-awaited question, this February 29 is your chance to get down on one knee. Yes, we know this is a pretty sexist tradition, but its origin was an attempt to improve equality for women (if only slightly). The custom began in Ireland during the 5th Century, or so the legend goes, when St Bridget complained about the lengthiness of time that women were being made to wait for their partners to propose, encouraging St Patrick to make an exception on the leap year day. This same tradition later emerged in English law, as February 29 was not actually recognised as a proper day, exempting it from the necessity to uphold traditions. This enabled women to take control of their destinies for one day only, however most bizarrely, if the hubby-to-be refused the woman’s proposal, they were forced to pay a fine! Centuries on, where women are just as entitled, and likely, to pop the question, this age-old tradition has not been forgotten. This year, the British Heart Foundation are celebrating it with a modern twist. Send a 200-word long email (by feb 14) about why your partner is the love of your life and one lucky London lady could see their proposal in flashing lights in buzzing Picadilly Circus on February 29. If it’s time to take matters into your own hands, you may as well make memorable.

For info, see bhf.org.uk. Know anyone planning to propose? Get in touch at blog@timeout.com.

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