It is the day that comes once in four years. It is the day when Superman was born on the planet Krypton before being rocketed to Earth. Mumbai too has its share of people — although not superheroes saving save the planet — who were born on this day.
Rachel Saldanha, 20, is ecstatic about celebrating her birthday on the right date.
“This day comes once in four years, and I am glad I will get to celebrate my birthday the way it is meant to be,” said Saldanha, a first year BCom student at MMK College in Bandra.
“Every year, I wait for that one second when the clock strikes twelve on February 28, when I feel it’s my true birthday.”
Called leapers, the city’s select few are out to enjoy their birthday. Sharmin Saher, a 36-year-old account executive, said it is a special feeling to have her birthday fall on such a rare day.
“In simple numbers, I am only 9 years old,” she joked.
Some, like Harshit Gala, choose to celebrate their birthday only in a leap year.
“I don’t celebrate my birthday in any other year,” said Gala, a freelance photographer.
“While some of my friends do wish me on February 28 every year, they know that I don’t wish to celebrate it.”
While some would feel sorry for those who see their birthday only once in four years, leapers have a different way of looking at things.
“I celebrate my birthday on February 28 and March 1 every year, so it’s actually double the fun,” added Saldanha.
Although with her exams beginning on March 1, she may have to cut down on her celebrations this year. But she is sure to go out for dinner with her friends.
“I am lucky I have a birthday that no one forgets,” said Jaydeep Desai, who works for an online retailing business.
“It’s a special day, and I’ll go to Siddhivinayak Temple to offer my prayers. I will then celebrate my birthday with my friends.”
There are a few leapers who treat the day as just another birthday.
“There is nothing unusual about being born on February 29. I do the usual celebrating with my family and friends. On other years, I celebrate my birthday in the same way on March 1,” said Sujit Mohan, 24, an advocate.