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Toronto-area hospitals welcome five leap day babies


Two Toronto area hospitals welcomed five leap day babies on Thursday, February 29.

Trillium Health Partners, which operates the Credit Valley Hospital where the babies were delivered, shared images of the little bundles of joy born on the rare date.

“Feb. 29, also known as Leap Day, only happens once every four years, making it a very unique birth date,” said the hospital network, which also manages Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, in a post on social media.

A leap year typically occurs every four years due to the 365.24 days it takes for Earth to orbit the Sun. An extra day is added in February to account for the time accumulated over these four years and to keep the calendar synchronized.

Meanwhile, at the Distillery District in downtown Toronto, a party was being held for adults celebrating their birthdays on February 29 – with free drinks and food for those with ID. prove.

Arne, aged around 76, celebrated the 19th anniversary of his birth date on Thursday.

“It’s my 19th day of birth. Not my 19th birthday. My 19th day of birth. So I’m now of legal drinking age,” he said with a smile.

Arne is one of 25,000 Canadians born on February 29, according to the 2019 census.

“Do you know why there is February 29? Because it takes a whole year to explain what a leap year is,” he laughed.

Arne, a Torontonian who is celebrating his 19th birth anniversary on February 29, 2024, is seen here.


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