KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The National Proposal Day Holiday is meant to be light-hearted and fun. Most people won't be making marriage proposals Wednesday, March 20th to celebrate but it's a good time to bring up the top with your significance other.
The day was invented by John Michael O'Loughlin after his cousin's boyfriend strung her along for years without popping the question. It's said that he got fed up and decided to dedicate a day to marriage proposals.
O'Loughlin chose the Vernal Equinox in March and the Autumnal Equinox in September to celebrate the holiday, two times a year that the day and night are equal. Perfect days in his mind because the equinoxes symbolize the equal effort of two required to comprise a successful marriage.
But don't worry if you're not planning a proposal for March 20th because the holiday is chance to bring up the conversation about future proposal plans.
Tailored, a bridal magazine polled some readers on their thoughts about marriage and proposals. Here's what the poll found:
Why get married?
-85% of women wanted to say "I do" because they truly loved their partner
-10% wanted to settle down and start a family
-4% heard their biological clock ticking
-0.1% were saving sex for marriage and they wanted to do the deed with their partner
Should the man get down on one knee?
78% of women said their fiance bent down on one knee
Do you still ask the father for their daughter's hand in marriage?
-45% of women said their partner asked both parents
-34% didn't ask permission at all
-13% only asked the bride-to-be's father
-8% only asked the bride-to-be's mother
When do you change your Facebook status from "in a relationship" to "engaged"?
- 85% waited until they told friends and family
- 10% posted the news right after it happened
- 8% of women said they haven't updated their status even though friends have posted comments about the engagement on their wall
To learn more about this holiday; visit the link at the bottom of the page.