Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year Day vs. Sadie Hawkins Day

When I was a young girl I was soo glad that I was NOT born on February 29th, because you only truly have a birthday to celebrate every 4 years :( It was just to confusing. I would actually worry or show concern for children and wonder how they chose the day to celebrate. I heard about Sadie Hawkins Day from my mother and her friends. I was probably preteen and they would laugh when referring to it. I did not truly understand the meaning until I was older.
Here are the differences:
Sadie Hawkins was "the homeliest gal in the hills" who grew tired of waiting for the fellows to come a courtin'. Her father, Hekzebiah Hawkins, a prominent resident of Dogpatch, was even more worried about Sadie living at home for the rest of his life, so he decreed the first annual Sadie Hawkins Day, a foot race in which the unmarried gals pursued the town's bachelors, with matrimony the consequence.
By the late 1930's the event had swept the nation and had a life of its own. Life magazine reported over 200 colleges holding Sadie Hawkins Day events in 1939, only two years after its inception. It became a woman empowering rite at high schools and college campuses, long before the modern feminist movement gained prominence.
The basis of Sadie Hawkins Day is that women and girls take the initiative in inviting the man or boy of their choice out on a date, typically to a dance attended by other bachelors and their aggressive dates.
Leap Year Day
The date for Leap Year Day is February 29. Leap Year Day has been around since 45 B.C.Forty-Five B.C.! February 29 has always had the name Leap Year Day. From
day one of it's existence. Leap Year Day was added to the calendar to keep the calendar in line with the seasons. It represents balance and harmony between the seasons
and our method of time-keeping.
Sadie Hawkins DayThe date for Sadie Hawkins Day is November 15. Sadie Hawkins Day has only been around since 1937 A.D. November 15 was just a day on the calendar until someone decided it should be Sadie Hawkins Day. Sadie Hawkins Day was added to the calendar because students at college thought it would be fun.That is all fine and good. It still does not perform the balancing act that February 29 celebrates.
***So there you have it. Four significant differences between Leap Year Day and Sadie Hawkins Day. They each have their reasons for being, and they have their own day on the calendar.
The only similarity between the two is that the woman is allowed to do the asking. Well,that's not a good enough reason for them to merge onto one date. They are separate. For your inquiring minds!!!!


Alison Cummins said...

I have been avoiding the camera at all costs since being pregnant, but I promise to have a picture posted within the next couple of days! I feel huge, but then I remind myself that I was about 30lbs heavier at this point in the pregnancy with Arden, so I should reallly count my blessings!!! Have a wonderful day!!

KJ said...

Hi Sheia!

I just got around to posting my Meme! I still need to contact the tagees!
LOL. Thanks for thinking of me. I will have to come back to read this Sadie Hawkins Dance piece. I attend a couple of these. Also, I played Daisy Mae in the musical Little Abner! I was slim (no extra upholstery) and had long blonde hair. It was fun!


justabeachkat said...

I wouldn't want a Feb. 29th birthday either.

Have a wonderful weekend.