According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years.
This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.
February 29th is traditionally the one day when women can propose marriage and, according to a survey that was carried out for Metro, it looks like London ladies are going to be busy this year, as they are most in control of their relationships, and almost half of them are thinking about proposing next Wednesday.
I’m told, today’s society doesn’t frown on women who propose but this wasn’t always the case. I am not sure if I’d propose to my partner though, as I am more of a traditionalist but I certainly take my hat of to any ladies who do.
Leap Year has no legal standing, legend has it that people assumed tradition had no official status on this day, either. Therefore, women had an opportunity to change the custom that only men could propose. What’s more, if a man rejected a women’s proposal, he had to buy her 12 pairs of gloves, to hide the embarrassment of the lady in question not having an engagement ring.
So, what do you think should we look to bring back the penalty for those men who reject their ladies proposals?
So, do you have a girlfriend, or work colleague who is going to take the plunge and propose to her man on Wednesday 29th February 2012, if so please do share the story.
And, if as a result of the proposal you know anyone who needs a helping hand then take a look at our website www.sjdevents.com and feel free to contact Sarah Ducker.