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Leap Day Activities

February 29, 2012 by staff 

Leap Day Activities, Peter Brouwer turns 56 on Wednesday. But if you count the times he’s celebrated his true birth date, he’s only turning 14.

Brouwer is a Leap day baby. And like a lot of people born Feb. 29, he relishes the uniqueness of his birthday. He even thinks there’s an advantage to marking your real birthday just once every four years.

“We don’t have that psychological drama of being a year older every year,” said Brouwer, who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is the co-founder of the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

In off years, Brouwer says, most Leap day babies — perhaps 80 percent — celebrate their birthdays in February “because they’re born in February. We call them strict Februarians.”

But Jennifer Whisnant of Greensboro, N.C., whose daughter Ava was born in 2008, says they “celebrate on the closest Saturday for a party, or on March 1st, which is technically when she would have been born had it not been Leap year.”

Birth certificates and most government agencies like Social Security use Feb. 29 for those born on Leap Day, but leaplings occasionally encounter bureaucratic difficulties using their true birth dates. Some computerized dropdown menus don’t include Feb. 29.

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