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Happy Leap Day! Today (Feb. 29) marks a rare event in the calendar — an extra day that occurs each "Leap Year" to keep our calendar in check. Leap days happen every four years (with a few exceptions) and adds an extra day to the short month of February.

Leap days are an essential part of keeping the Gregorian calendar — the calendar that most of the world uses to keep time — in alignment with the Earth's motion around the sun. Our calendar is normally 365 days long under the Gregorian scheme, but the actual year of the Earth is 365.25 days. Therefore, adding an extra day every four years to create a 366-day year keeps our calendar in sync with the seasons.

We hope you enjoy this special "extra" day...it won't happen again for four more years!

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