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Today Is February 29th, Ladies; It’s Your Day to Pop the Question!

Ladies, for hundreds of years there’s been a tiny window of matrimonial opportunity when all engagement traditions were turned upside down. For on February 29th, Leap Day, it’s been perfectly acceptable for a woman to pop the question to her significant other. And here’s the good part: He was obligated to say, “yes,” lest he be required to pay severe restitution – a silk gown or a dozen pairs of silk gloves.

Of course, this is not the United Kingdom at the turn of the 20th century, and proposing on Leap Day is no longer a gasp-inducing notion. Women today are free to express their marital intentions any day of the year. In Hollywood, you could look to Monica proposing to Chandler in “Friends” or Miranda proposing to Steve in “Sex in the City.” In real life, Britney Spears and Halle Berry famously proposed to their beaus.

With that said, wouldn’t it be neat, ladies, to go retro on February 29th – as Amy Adams did in her 2010 movie, “Leap Year” – and revisit this tradition of yesteryear? You can even take it to the next level by actually getting down on one knee and presenting your guy with a man-gagement ring. (A new survey conducted by TheKnot.com and Men’s Health magazine reported a new trend: That at least 17% of U.S. men would wear one). We have some great styles from which to choose.

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