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Leap Year Cookie & Fun Facts!

Here is a Leap Year cookie I made to celebrate Feb. 29! The Ancient Egyptians "figured out that the solar year and the calendar year didn't always match up." And it was the Ancient Romans who first designated Feb. 29 as Leap Year! I didn't realize that they figured out all this in ancient times. It's pretty amazing that they were able to do all this in ancient times without any calculators and computers like we have today.


The Science of Leap Year

"Leap days keep our modern-day Gregorian calendar in alignment with Earth's revolutions around the Sun. It takes Earth approximately 365.242189 days, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds, to circle once around the Sun...However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year. If we didn't add a leap day on February 29 almost every four years, each calendar year would begin about 6 hours before the Earth completes its revolution around the Sun (see illustration)."


Illustration: https://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html

There is also an Earth's Rotation Day! Check out the rotating earth cake with inner layers I made (link) and learn how to make one yourself!


Here's are some more links with fun facts about Leap Year:




I used the same Easy Sugar Cookie and Non-Royal Icing Icing that I have made before (link). I added a little frog since frogs are the official/unofficial mascot of Leap Year because they leap. :)


Check out my post where I try to make origami frogs that leap! Origami frogs are good for Leap Year, but also just for fun everyday -- or as a party decoration for an animal or spring/summer-themed party. :)

Give it a try! We are good at this!

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