Leap Year in Portuguese

Leap Year in Portuguese.

A leap year is a year that has one extra day added to it, making it 366 days instead of the usual 365. This extra day is added to the month of February, making it 29 days instead of the usual 28. This phenomenon occurs every four years and is known as a leap year. Today in our Dica do Dia let’s learn everything about leap year in Portuguese, we’ll take a look at its pronounciation, how to use it in Portuguese and examples in Portuguese!

How to Say “Leap Year” in Portuguese

In Portuguese, the term for leap year is “ano bissexto.” This term comes from the Latin word “bisextus,” which means “twice sixth.” The reason is in ancient Rome, where every four years a day was inserted in February, specifically after the sixth day of the third week of the month, so it was repeating the sixth day. Let’s see how we pronounce “ano bissexto” and February 29.

ano bissextoleap year
29 de fevereiroFebruary 29

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Why Do We Have Leap Years?

The reason for having leap years is to keep our calendar in sync with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.24 days to complete one orbit around the sun. By adding an extra day every four years, we are able to keep our calendar aligned with the Earth’s orbit.

Exceptions to the Rule

In the Portuguese calendar, there are three exceptions to the rule of having a leap year every four years. These exceptions occur at the turn of each century. In the years that are divisible by 100, there is no leap year unless they are also divisible by 400. For example, the year 1900 was not a leap year, but the year 2000 was.

Exemples to Practice Leap Year in Portuguese

Let’s take a look at some Portuguese examples to practice and memorize everything we learned about a leap year in Portuguese!

  • Os anos bissextos têm 366 dias.
    • Leap years have 366 days.
  • Fevereiro tem 29 dias em um ano bissexto.
    • February has 29 days in a leap year.
  • O último ano bissexto foi 2024
    • The last leap year was 2024.
  • Quando é o próximo ano bissexto?
    • When is the next leap year?
  • Os anos bissextos ocorrem a cada quatro anos.
    • Leap years occur every four years.

Conclusion

Now that you understand the concept of leap years in Portuguese, you can impress your friends and family with your knowledge. Remember, a leap year occurs every four years, with a few exceptions, and is known as “ano bissexto” in Portuguese.

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Year in Portuguese
Month in Portuguese
Dates in Portuguese
Days of the Week in Portuguese

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