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Feb. 29th Wedding Anniversary Special This Leap Year

Steve and Laura Zarro
Steve and Laura Zarro Photo Credit: Tina Traster

NANUET, N.Y. --  We have a leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, because of the solar system's disparity with the Gregorian calendar.

Disparity, is something Steve and Laura Zarro, get. In 2004, on February 29th, the couple married.

"We chose this day because all our lives, my wife and I had been two people who both had gone against the grain whenever possible."

Getting back to science, a complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. So leap seconds - and leap years - are added as means of keeping our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons.

"We made the unusual choice simply and purely because it was the unusual choice," said Steve Zarro. "We knew people would read the invitation and say "well, that sounds about right for them."

Over the years, the Zarros have celebrated on March 1st.

On leap year anniversaries they try to do something special (there have been two so far). This year, says Zarro, will be a little mellower because the couple have an 18-month-old son.

Zarro, who is known to be sentimental (as his FB posts attest to) said "in our wedding program, we wrote about the extra partial second of time that we accumulate each day, the time that becomes a leap year every four years." At their wedding, they asked heir guests to be thankful for this extra time and to make sure to use it wisely each day. "Tell someone you love them. Give a kiss. A wink and a smile. Don't waste this gift of time."

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