POTTSTOWN >> Leap Year Day babies are celebrating another one of their unique birthdays this year.
Leap Day occurs once every four years in order to correct the calendar year so that it is synchronized with the seasons. Only about one out of 1,461 people have a Leap Day birthday and for many leap day babies, their special day brings along a few hurdles and even some urban legends.
According to some Scottish legends, being born on a leap day is incredibly unlucky. The day is similar to how Friday the 13th is viewed in the United States. Some Greeks even consider it unlucky to get married during a leap year.
I hear its unlucky. I dont see it that way, said Katie Busch, 36, of Pottstown. I consider it unique but not unlucky.
Busch was born on Feb. 29, 1980 and although shes 36 according to her celebrations of yearly birthdays, in leap years, this will only be her 9th birthday.
I realized as I get older that Im still young. No matter what my age is Ill be forever young, laughed Busch.
But that Leap Year Fountain of Youth doesnt come without its obstacles.
Busch explained that one of the frustrating parts of having a birthday that only shows up on a calendar once every four years is trying to find it listed on things like government or online forms.
I have to choose the 28th and explain that my birthday isnt recognized, said Busch. Ive come across a lot of websites where to put in my birthday I either have to do February 28 or March 1. I have to call a listed number and tell them my birthday is non-existent and they usually tell me to put it in as the 28th or March 1.
But having a unique birthday isnt all bad.
Because she gets to experience her real date of birth less frequently, Busch has decided to celebrate her birthday for the entire weekend this year, making trips to the aquarium, going to see one of her favorite bands in Philadelphia and having a party with her family.
I usually celebrate it in February. Some people will do March 1 but since I was born on February 29 at 9 a.m., I celebrate it on the 28th or sometimes I go all out and celebrate both days, she said.
Not to mention, if you were born on Leap Day, theres an honor society just for you. The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies was launched in 1997 and has about 10,000 members.
We think we are the worlds largest birthday club, and we hope it offers all people born on Leap Year Day even more pleasure in celebrating their birthday, reads the sites About page.
Its free to join but the only requirement is that you have to be born on Leap Day. If youre a Leap Year Day baby, you can join the society by visiting www.leapyearday.com.