Airport City Manchester is celebrating those born on the 29th February at this month’s FarFlungFriday – the hugely popular street food market, which takes place at the Platform event space at Airport City,

This month’s FarFlungFriday event will take place on Friday 28th February, at Platform Airport City from 11:30am to 2:00pm – meaning those who were born on a leap year can still celebrate on the 28th February with a free bite to eat as well as celebrating their ‘actual’ birthday.

There will be 4 local food traders at this month’s FarFlugFriday to help visitors get their birthday celebrations off to a flying start.

To redeem the offer, Platform at Airport City Manchester is asking those who are lucky enough to be born on a leap year to bring ID to prove their date of birth.

Even though being born on Leap Day is statistically rarer than being born with 11 fingers and toes, Government data reveals the odds of being born on February 29 are very slim, with most sources putting the chances at one in 1,461. What’s more, there are on average 1,788 births across the UK on 29th February, although it is not known how many there are in Manchester.

Leap years as we know them today, with an extra day added every four years, were instigated by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 as part of the Gregorian calendar, as a way to try and sync calendars with the time taken for the earth to orbit the sun.


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