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Who's Proposing?

If you hadn't noticed it already, 2012 is a leap year. An additional day to add to the diary, for flirty acts and dirty deeds and it occurs only once in every 4 years!

Perhaps you have a multitude of exciting and tantalising activities planned for your extra day, to make the most of this Olympic year, however does one of them include proposing to your lover?

February 29th has, for a great many centuries, been the day women can propose to men. Not necessarily a partner or lover, it can be any man, looking at tradition.

In the 21st century, it is not uncommon for women to propose every day of the year, to a lover or a stranger. It is no longer frowned upon in society and rather refreshing in some relationships.

However February 29th remains a tradition for many, a day set aside for this event that certain women await fours years for, and fastidiously plan again and again. And we here at Playful Promises are keen to know how many of you have been scheming a proposition for the past four years?

The tradition is rumoured to date back to the 5th century AD. St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for too long for a man to propose. Still the case! According to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year, and it would come round only every four years.

St Patrick and St Bridget looking rather dashing

The first documentation of this rare and odd practice dates back to 1288 AD, when Scotland supposedly passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. Tradition states they also made it the law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.

I think this law should come back into fashion, I'm in need a new silk negligee and matching gown.

So if this leap year your plans involve a proposal, we have some flirty lingerie to make that moment even more memorable and will hopefully cinch the deal with your loved one!