Leap Year Proposals in Westbury

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By KimHerbing | Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 10:41

Is 2012 the year you are hoping your man will propose? Fed up of waiting for him to pop the question? This year you are in luck!

Old legends and history tell us that St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to change proposals around, allowing women to propose to men every four years; on 29th February! It is said that this was to introduce a balance in the roles of both men and women, similar to how a Leap Day balances out the calendar. 

Years ago in many countries it was dictated that if a man should refuse a woman's proposal on February 29th he has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. This was so the woman could hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. Other traditions dictate that men refusing were expected to pay a penalty such as a gown or money. If only those traditions still existed!

Some romantic places to propose in Westbury are:

At the top of the Westbury White Horse 

Victoria Garden Westbury (grounds of All Saints Church – when it is open!) 

Cley Hill  

Westbury Countryside 

One of the restaurants in Westbury  

Will you be proposing to your man today? Have you proposed on a leap year gone by? We would love to know your stories.

What do you think about this tradition? 



  • Profile image for Debs1000

    Hi warmyinwilts
    Oh I was only joking as taking my man forever. We too have been together for nearly 10 years and I'm still waiting. You never know :-)

    By Debs1000 at 16:14 on 09/03/12

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    Debs1000 perhaps I was exaggerating a little. I understand the average length of time for an engagement is about 18 months. Maybe it becomes 3 to 4 years if the bloke puts it off and puts it off! I once knew a couple who had been engaged for 10 years and then decided all of a sudden to get married. Weird.

    By warmyinwilts at 13:42 on 09/03/12

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    warmyinwilts do you really think that people wait an average of 3-4 years to get engaged? That long?

    By Debs1000 at 13:14 on 29/02/12

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    I will not be taking advantage of the leap year tradition of proposing to my man....not that I don't wanna get married, just and old romantic at heart and believe some things are a mans job!!

    By Debs1000 at 13:13 on 29/02/12

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    I would rather keep things traditional and let the man propose. I'm not getting my knees dirty!

    By nhavergal at 11:58 on 29/02/12

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