16 Leap Year Date Ideas
Since a leap year only comes around once every four years, you might as well make the most of it! Here are some of the most romantic and memorable ways to ring in February 29th with your partner.
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Take advantage of the old Irish tradition, St. Bridget's Complaint
"This tradition states that February 29th is the one day women can propose marriage to their man," explains Amanda Stemen, a licensed clinical social worker in Los Angeles. Of course, that notion is extremely outdated, so the genders can easily be switched or this idea can used by a same-sex couple. "If proposing isn't in your future, or you'd prefer your partner to do the asking, you could still use the day to plan a surprise date for your significant other," Stemen suggests. Check out these outrageous marriage proposals you have to read to believe.
Renew your vows
Not hitched? Don't pass this one by. You don't have to be married to take advantage of the opportunity to reestablish both old and new promises to your partner, notes Jacob Kountz, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Bakersfield, California. "Verbalizing what you will continue to do for your partner and what you plan on doing in the near future with your partner can become an ongoing ritual you do every Leap Year moving forward," he says. If you are planning a bigger celebration, read up on these vow renewal dos and don'ts.
Create a date that includes events starting with the letters L, E, A, and P
Get in touch with your creative side by coming up with a date that allows you to make use of the key letters involved in this day that comes once every four years. For example, Michele Moore, a licensed professional counselor and relationship expert at Marriage Mojo, suggests visiting the library and enjoying a coffee before going apple picking at a local orchard. "If you don't want to go all over town, just visiting your local zoo and looking at the elephants at play would still count," she says. For the rest of the year, try these one-hour relationship boosters that really work.
Take a cooking class
Consider utilizing this extra day in the year to brush up on your cooking skills—something that will come in handy for the rest of the year, too. "Not only will you have fun taking a cooking class, but you and your partner will be working together cooking—creating memories all the while," says Amanda Ruiz, a licensed professional counselor and the founder of The Counseling Collective. Just watch out for these cooking mistakes that could ruin your food.
Indulge in a sacred bath together
"Many cultures use sacred baths to mark cosmic or cultural events and celebrations, and you can do so in the privacy of your own home," says Sherman. She suggests using different essential oils that each provide a different health benefit and mixing Epsom salt and crystals to represent what you'd like to create together over the next four years. "It can be romantic, relaxing, spiritual, sensual, and inexpensive," she adds.
Create goals for the next four years
One fun date idea that couples can do on leap year is to share ideas of what the next four years could be like. "This is what most couple counselors call identifying a shared meaning," says Kountz. "Though we can't predict the future, it's always a good idea to start a healthy dialogue about what you both would like the future to be like with one another." While you're at it, make sure you know these 11 communication rules every couple should follow in their relationship.
Try something new
Picking up an activity or attending an event that's a new experience for you and your partner can be fun and enlightening, as well as help to strengthen your connection and bond with each other, notes GinaMarie Guarino, a mental-health professional at PsychPoint. "Whether it is hiking or a painting class, taking a step out of your norm and doing something new together can be a great way to strengthen the relationship and create fun memories," she says. Check out these 15 amazing experience gifts that you can do together.