Calling all Leapers (people born on Leap Day)…When do you celebrate?

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Next Saturday is Leap Day, Feb. 29. The Times staff started the debate on when should “Leapers” celebrate. A little research and we found out most countries and territories tend to recognize that a Leap Day baby has legally ‘aged’ on March 1 of non-Leap Years, including England, Wales and Hong Kong.

Most of the US follows this, too. According to Reuters, only some states have statues that say which date should be used. For those that don’t, the default is March 1. For those that do, it is typically to signify that it is Feb. 28.  New Zealand also uses Feb. 28, as does Taiwan.

It really doesn’t matter when you celebrate, we want to CELEBRATE YOU! If you were born on Leap Day, send your photo to lifestyleeditor@natchitochestimes.com to be included in a very special birthday card to be published next Saturday!

Here are some fun facts we ran across…..  Enjoy!
1. Are leap year babies lucky?
We say lucky because the chances of being born on a leap day are 1 in 1,461. BTW, people born on February 29 are called ‘leaplings’ or ‘leapers’. And the worldwide population of ‘leapers’ is roughly 50,00,000
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2. There are two known families with THREE Leap Day children

Having one child born on Leap Day is unique enough, but a family in Norway managed to welcome three children on different Leap Days, each four years after the former.Karin and Henry Henriksen had three kids, and each defied the odds. Heidi, the eldest, was born on Feb. 29, 1960. Olav, the next, was born Feb. 29, 1964, And Leif-Martin, the youngest, was born Feb. 29, 1968.The trio nabbed the record for most siblings born on the same day in the Guinness Book of World Records.

A Utah family also has three kids born on Leap Day. According to KSL.com, Louise Estes welcomed Xavier born in 2004, Remington in 2008 and Jade in 2002. She and her husband have two other kids, born in between.

3. Michelle Birnbaum from Saddle River, N.J., was born Feb. 29, 1980, making her another rare Leap Baby. In 2008, at age 28 — to the day — she gave birth to a daughter named Rose. Not only do they share the same birthday, but they also share Leapling status.

4. Peter Anthony Keogh, his son Eric, and his granddaughter Bethany were all born on Leap Day. Grandpa Peter was born in Ireland 1940, Eric in 1964, and Bethany in 1996.

5. In 2016, Daisy Belle Ward turned 100 Feb. 29, 2016, and had a big party for her 25th birthday.