29th February is a Leap Day, meaning an extra day that is inserted into the calendar in order to keep the calendar year synchronised with the astronomical or seasonal year. Practise your English with British Council while you learn about calendars, Take a look at the article, story, cartoon, poll, word game and trivia.
Magazine article: To the first people it was obvious that time went in circles.Listen to the article at the bottom of this post.
Word games: Four games connected with time: Mittens' afternoon reading puzzle (easier) time idioms jigsaw puzzle (1) (medium) time idioms jigsaw puzzle (2) (medium) time idioms reading puzzle (difficult)
Story: Nowadays New Year is celebrated on January 1. But this has not always been so. Now you can listen to the story of a salesman below.
Cartoon: "Why are you so jumpy?" "I'm excited. I was born on February 29th ...".
Trivia: Number: 146097: the Gregorian calendar is based on a cycle of 400 years, which comprises 146097 days. Since 146097 is evenly divisible by 7, the Gregorian civil calendar exactly repeats after 400 years.
Poll: "Which season is it where you are?" (Poll taken 22-28 February).