Day for women to rule romance

Peter Walsh and Carol Campbell from Rose City Jewellers imagine how a “Leap Day” proposal might happen.
Peter Walsh and Carol Campbell from Rose City Jewellers imagine how a “Leap Day” proposal might happen. Georja Ryan

TODAY is "Leap Day" and for centuries has been traditionally associated with the idea of romance reversal as women take to one knee to propose to their men.

This Scottish tradition has its roots in the 5th century when St Bridget complained to St Patrick about women having to wait to be proposed to.

Despite the option it appears that all of the lucky ladies in Warwick are keeping coy about any plans they might have.

Rose City Jewellers manager Peter Walsh said he had not heard of anything.

"No women have come in here, so unfortunately nothing this year, unless they decide to come in tomorrow," Mr Walsh said.

"They might still be trying to find the right words."

Rose City Jewellers' Carol Campbell supports women proposing.

"A girl can propose at any time, not just on a leap year because when it's the right time it's the right time," Mrs Campbell said.

From romantic traditions to workplace debate the leap year has some workers counting their pennies in 2012.

The question on everyone's lips is, will they be paid for working today, or will they be coming up for the extra hours spent in the office?

Research conducted by Twentieth Century Fox found that Australian workers would spend an extra 6.5 hours in the office this year and lose an average of $180 pay as a result of the year's extra day.

Mr Walsh said he was not worried about the extra day.

"It all works out in the wash over the next four years," Mr Walsh said.

Mrs Campbell shared a similar view.

"We should just leave it be because I'm sure it will all even itself out over four years", Mrs Campbell said.

This year the leap year will celebrate its 366th birthday after it was implemented in 1582 as part of the Gregorian calendar.

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