It is a leap year, and today is the leap day.
It is called a leap year, logically enough, because after February 29th the days of the week leap forward a day. What was destined to be a Thursday will in fact be a Friday, and so on.
I have long believed that leap year days (the 29th February) should not in fact be named for the day of the week on which they happen to fall, but should have some special name, a name which carries a sense of their import. Nonday, for example. Nonday would be a day unlike any other, a day, once every four years, when everything stopped. You would not work, not visit your friends or relatives on a Nonday; there would be no partying or drinking (save a whisky or two, to aid contemplation). Perhaps there would even be no talking. No television. The internet would shut down. There would be nothing to fidget over. You would be cast adrift on the swell of the year. It would be a little vacuum of time, a day of complete silence. A day to rediscover the importance and cultural centrality of looking out of the window and getting abstracted in the cosmos.
I can see that Nonday would be a source of terror for the extroverts among us, but am inclined to think that a little fear, a little excursion outside the comfort zone, is not the worst thing that can happen. I can also see that it would be a rather monastic inconvenience for those cultures which adhere to a lunisolar calendar, since a lunisolar calendar calls for the interpolation of leap months (nine leap months in every seventeen years, to be precise) in order to arrest the drift of the calendar through the seasons.
However, waking up on Nonday morning would inject an invigorating strangeness into life and its routines. You would wake to silence and nothing, and float around suspended in that nothing and silence, the world slowly going to wrack outside; until the clock ticked around and you could start again, replenished and repolarised. Not unlike Sunday when I was a growing up, now that I think of it. Perhaps I am just nostalgic for a non-day.