Have you spent the past few months looking down at your naked ring finger, impatiently wondering, “I wonder when my guy (or gal) is going to put some bling on it”? Well, look out, because today is Proposal Day!
Proposal Day is set aside for future brides and bridegrooms to stop hesitating and pop the question — in addition to Valentine’s Day, holidays, birthdays, vacations, and, well, every other day of the year.
A man named John Michael O’Loughlin invented the holiday after his cousin’s boyfriend strung her along for years without sealing the deal decades ago, Holidash says. Enough already, he thought, and dedicated a day to marriage proposals.
Proposal Day falls on the Vernal Equinox, at which point day and night are equal lengths. A second Proposal Day occurs during the Autumnal Equinox in September. O’Loughlin says he chose to nudge procrastinating young lovers into matrimony on these days because the equinoxes symbolize “the equal efforts of the two required to comprise the successful marriage,” Savings.com reports. Not to mention the spring awakening that hormones seem to get in March.
But couples shouldn’t get carried away. The holiday is also meant to spark a conversation about the possibility of a future proposal, according to ProposalDay.com. Besides, nowadays couples wait longer before tying the knot; roughly 27 per cent of women whose partners had popped the question said they dated their partner for three to five years, bridal style-finder Tailored discovered in a poll.
So maybe your ring finger, like O’Loughlin’s cousin, just has to wait — until next Proposal Day, that is.