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29 February 2012 - The Australian

FEBRUARY 29th is traditionally the day when love-struck women can take matters into their own hands, drop to one knee and pop the question.

The legend was born in the fifth century after St Bridget, sick and tired of commitment-phobic men, complained to St Patrick that many women had to wait too long for their beaus to propose.

By way of compromise, St Patrick granted women a single day in a leap year to make their move - the last day of the shortest month.

He even chucked in a bonus clause: if a woman was turned down on this day, her rejector was obliged to offer her a gift of some kind (in Denmark, 12 pairs of gloves was the penalty for refusal).

For those thinking about taking the plunge this year, World Travel Awards has come up with a list to give you a helping hand.

It’s named the top ten most romantic destinations to propose this leap year - and Australia’s very own Great Barrier Reef is one of them.

Manon Han, WTA’s Executive Vice President, said: “Proposing to your loved one is always going to be a nerve-wracking moment, especially with the added pressure of being a lady. But choosing a fitting location can go a long way in swaying the outcome favourably.”

For the traditionalists, Ms Han suggests the Taj Mahal or the Sahara.

Meanwhile, Prince William’s royal proposal at Lewa Downs has made the Kenyan site a popular proposal choice.

But, if your hubby-to-be is a bit more of a thrill-seeker, Ms Han offers suggestion: “You could always try popping the question underwater at the Great Barrier Reef!”

Source: The Australian


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