The Calendar

Many people have wrestled with the problem of Calendar Reform, but apart from Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory, none have managed to make any alterations to what we have inherited.

What is offered here are versions of the "World Calendar" that might appeal to some.

Scheme One

The World Calendar offers four quarters each of 91 days, which gives 364 days (*77 and *264 in dozenal notation). This is one day short of the basic 365 day year, so a New Year's Day is added, (and in Leap Years a Leap Year Day).

Since 364 divides exactly by 7 we should not give the "New Year's Day" (or the "Leap Year Day") a normal weekday name. A quarter year will have two months with 30 days (February included) and one (the last in the quarter) with 31.

Here is the structure for one quarter: (numbers decimal)

Month OneMonth TwoMonth Three
1234567 --12345 ----123
891011121314 6789101112 45678910
15161718192021 13141516171819 11121314151617
22232425262728 20212223242526 18192021222324
2930----- 27282930--- 25262728293031
Month OneMonth TwoMonth Three

"New Year's Day" comes before Monday 1st January and does not have a weekday name, while "Leap Year Day" goes between June and July and it also does not have a weekday name. Each year starts on a Monday and ends on a Sunday; January 1st will always be a Monday, and December 31st a Sunday. For the superstitious, there are no Fridays numbered 13... I have opted for Monday as being the first day in a week, with Sunday the last.

I have left the notation in decimal, but obviously a dozenal version of the above would simply have dozenal numerals instead of decimal.

Scheme Two

Fred Newhall, President of the DSA in 1989, suggested a "Nu-Age Calendar" in which each month would have five six-day weeks, with the extra days required to make up the year designated "Season Days" plus New Year's Day.

This is what any month in any year would look like (NB Fred used forms of the DSA's original symbols for ten and eleven):

The year would start, as it once did, in the Spring with New Year's Day.
Then there follow four groups of three months each,
each group of three months being separated by a "Season Day"

Note that under this system September, October, November and December return to being the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth months they originally were.