Why isn’t Leap Day a holiday? It fits all the requirements.
- It’s rare. Coming only one time every four years can’t possibly do any long term damage to the GDP.
- It’s universally known. You can go anywhere in the world today and the date is February 29.
- It’s in the perfect slot of the calendar. There are no competing holidays going on to compete with it.
I think the only reason why Leap Day isn’t recognized as a National holiday is the lack of good P.R. No-one has ever really pushed the idea of Leap Day as a legitimate holiday. I am here today to correct this most grievous of errors. I proudly submit to you an example of National Leap Day.
A good holiday needs a mascot. Leap Day has the most obvious one that nature provides. The frog. Nothing else leaps around like the beloved frog. Sure, you could debate the qualities of the kangaroo, but being that this is an American holiday first, frogs get the crown. This sets up a plethora of opportunities.
You have “The Princess and the frog” on TV for the kids.
You can sell green tights for festive parties. (These could also be reused for the little known holiday of St. Patricks.)
Frog legs could be the official food of the day.
“Jump” by Van Halen would be the official holiday song.
Contests of pogo stick hopping, trampoline gymnastics, double-dutch jump roping, and various bungee sports could be held in festivals all over the country. You could even have low riders bouncing and leaping to see who gets the highest.
And don’t forget about the sales!
Leap day discounts on:
- Pogo sticks
- Jump ropes
- Foam frog toys with bungee powered jumping legs
- Nostalgic Frogger video games
The list is endless.
So I call unto you dear reader to get involved and help make Leap Day a National Holiday.
Pass the word on to your friends and family.
Call your Congressmen and Senators.
Ask the candidates where they stand on this during the election.
Take a leap for National Leap Day. Together we can make this happen!