In places like Ireland and Europe today is the day that women traditional can propose to men. It supposedly started when St. Bridget asked St. Patrick to allow wmen to have a more active role in chossing a husband. It was thought to balence out male and female roles like how the day balances out the extra hours. If the man refused he was suppose to pay a penality. In europe this was twelve gloves so the lady could hide the fact she wasn't wearing a engagement ring. In Scotland it was unlucky to be born on this day. In Greece it was unlucky to marry in a leap year especially on leap day.