I two! Bay Area county clerks perform palindrome weddings on 2-22-22

Sheila Maldonado and Deonte Tisdel decided to tie the knot on Tuesday in Redwood City, alongside a few family members and friends.

But it wasn't just any Tuesday. It was a palindrome Tuesday – and the last time something like this occurred was in 1622.

"I mainly picked today because of the date," Maldonado said, moments before her husband-to-be tied up the gold laces on her wedding sandals and she uttered the words "I do." 

Many people consider Feb. 22, 2022 – or 2-22-22 – an auspicious date, especially for marriage, according to Jim Irizarry, San Mateo County's assistant assessor county clerk recorder.

"This auspicious day is even more special," Irizarry said. "Because of folklore, people believe it brings love, happiness and prosperity."

This rare calendrical event is also special because all the numbers on the date are 2 and it falls on the day of the week that actually sounds like the number.

The next time this will happen will be in 2422.

Sheila Maldonado decided Tuesday was the day to tie the knot. Feb. 22, 2022 

 Deonte Tisdel puts a ring on Sheila Maldonado's finger. Feb. 22, 2022 

 Deonte Tisdel helps his fiance on with her gold sandals. Feb. 22, 2022 


 Feb. 22, 2022 is an auspicious day to get married. 




US palindrome dates in February

Not only is Tuesday a special day but the entire week through the end of this month is filled with palindrome dates. 

  • 2-20-22
  • 2-21-22
  • 2-22-22
  • 2-23-22
  • 2-24-22
  • 2-25-22
  • 2-26-22
  • 2-27-22
  • 2-28-22

In 2021, there were 22 palindrome dates.

World palindrome dates

Once February passes, there will be no more palindrome dates in the U.S. but in other parts of the world where dates are written as date-month-year or year-month-day, there will be several palindrome dates coming their way, according to the Farmer’s Almanac:

  • 22-1-22
  • 2-2-22
  • 22-2-22
  • 22-3-22
  • 22-4-22
  • 22-5-22
  • 22-6-22
  • 22-7-22
  • 22-8-22
  • 22-9-22
  • 22-11-22

How common are palindrome dates?

Aziz S. Inan, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Portland, calculated that in the month-day-year format, palindrome days tend to occur only in the first few centuries of each millennium (1000 years). 

The last palindromic date in the second millennium (years 1001 to 2000) was Aug. 31, 1380 or 08-31-1380, according to Timeanddate.com.

The first of 36 palindrome days in the current millennium (Jan. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 3000) was Oct. 2, 2001 (10-02-2001) and the last will be Sept. 22, 2290 (09-22-2290), the website continued. 

Over a decade ago, the world got to celebrate two "Onesdays" with the dates 11.1.11 and 11.11.11.

Fox digital team's Catherine Park and Austin Williams contributed to this report.