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#SmalesBridal Series: Proposing to your man on leap day?

Posted on February 17 2016

2016 is a leap year and as legend has it, the leap day - February 29 - is the day that women can break with tradition, take matters into their own hands and propose to their men!


But where did this tradition come from?

The folk tale allegedly originated in Ireland in the 5th century when a nun, St Brigid of Kildare, approached St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, asking him to allow women to propose to their male suitors after hearing the women’s woes that their lovers were too shy to do it themselves. After some negotiations, St Patrick agreed to grant women permission to propose every leap year on the leap day - February 29.

According to the tale, Brigid then immediately dropped to one knee and proposed to St Patrick! He refused and instead gave her a silk gown. Hence, today, should the man refuse, tradition requires a gown to be given in condolence!

If you are considering breaking with tradition – perhaps you’re planning a February 29 proposal or at some other time of year – a beautiful ring should still be part of the plan.

Surprise him even more with a beautiful band from Hearts On Fire - 'The World's Most Perfectly Cut Diamond', Peter W Beck or a unique bespoke design, crafted by one of our inhouse jewellers. And while you're visiting one of our showrooms, you can pick out the perfect engagement ring for you!

 Make an appointment with your nearest Smales bridal specialist today.

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