If you saw the movie Leap-year this may sound familiar to you: in Ireland there is a tradition in which women can propose marriage to their indecisive lovers every February 29.
In most countries, it is usual for the man to ask his partner the big question, but there are girlfriends who dare to take the initiative when they see that their boy is taking time.
An ancestral custom
A European legend tells that in the fifth century, Santa Brígida (a religious, Swedish writer and theologian) complained to St. Patrick about the eternal wait of women to commit. That is why the patron saint of Ireland decreed that every four years we would be allowed to change roles and kneel down to ask, "Would you marry me?"
To take the reins of our love life!
The Irish tradition extended to Scotland, Denmark, Finland, England and the United States, and remains in force today, only more jokingly. Even so, there are those who take the matter very seriously and give rings or watches to communicate their intention to spend a lifetime together.
But, as in everything, you have to be prepared for the worst and be aware that the above can be denied. If he does, the man must give the girl enough cloth to make a skirt or give him a pair of gloves.
Tips in case you want to be the one who takes the big step
- Do it for love and not for urgency
- Be clear in your proposition (besides romantic)
- Imagine how you would like them to make you feel and do the same for your partner
- Both when proposing and accepting you must be sure that it is the ideal
- Be aware that you can be rejected
- Enjoy it! After all, not every day you propose marriage to your love