If you're thinking of popping the question to a special Ukrainian woman, be aware that she may not want to get married in 2012. Thanks to common leap year superstitions, many Ukrainian ladies are hesitant to tie the knot this year.
Though there’s no evidence that leap year marriages are more likely to end in divorce, many Ukrainians would rather not take the chance. According to Ukraine’s Justice Ministry, approximately 3,000 Ukrainians wed on December 31, 2007, the final day before 2008 (the last leap year). The rush in New Year’s Eve marriages, the Ministry believes, can be tied to pessimistic beliefs regarding leap year marriages. Superstitions about leap year weddings are so widespread that academic Yuriy B. Strilets wrote a book on the subject.
However, it’s not just weddings that concern Ukrainians. Superstitious citizens also avoid getting divorced, making a major purchase, traveling far from home, selling their property, and moving during a leap year. In an interview with John Tefft, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, reporter Mykola Siruk asked Tefft why the U.S. Embassy chose to move to a new building during a leap year, saying leap year moves are considered to be “a bad sign.” Even Siruk’s employer, The Day, made sure to complete their move before the start of 2012.
Of course, not all Ukrainian women are superstitious about leap year. Four of Russian Love Match's lovely ladies (below) were actually born on February 29, also known an as leap day! Log on to RLM today and wish them a happy birthday!