The year 2020 is a leap year. The term leap year came into being in the late 14th century, and may be so called because its causes fixed festival days to "leap" ahead one day in its respective week.
Every four years an added day is inserted into the calendar because seasons and events do not perfectly align with 365 days and such events tend to cause them to drift out of sequence over time.
However, there are exceptions to this. Specifically, a year that can be evenly divided by 100, but not evenly divided by 400, is not a leap year. For instance, 1900 is not a leap year.
In essence, we have an extra day this year in which to hope that it will be a happier one. A New Year’s resolution is potentially a device one can use to insure it will be so, like a personal promise cast forward.
It is said that New Year’s resolutions were first made by the ancient Babylonians about 4000 years ago. They also were the first to hold new year’s celebrations, according to historical records.
I rather agree with the artist Henry Moore’s way of thinking “in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's.” However you celebrate, or whether you celebrate such things, I wish you all a very ... Happy New Year!!!
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