The calendar could be so much easier to use!!
Take it EASY ( Effortless Accessible Simplified Year )
You probably know the fussy arithmetic:
the anniversary of Elly, next month, 23rd
, will that be a week-end? And the unexpected meeting on Wednesday
in about three weeks, will hopefully not be on the 12th
In the past centuries there has been much thinking about the calendar and it was improved a number of times.The last improvement is dated 1582:
of the Gregorian calendar = the calendar as we know it.
That calendar still has one, not unimportant, flaw:
the days of the week flutter through the months like autumn leaves in a storm. As you saw in the first two sentences
of this text.
I therefore propose a (last?) change that will exceed the plans of e.g. WCO
in the US) , because EASY
is a more daring proposal, that does not diminish
the "flutter", but completely discontinues it.
Why more daring? Changes in the calendar will temporarily cause some discomfort anyhow (any change will cause that: man is a creature of habit), so if you make a change
anyway, leave no inconveniences and introduce a year of 13 months of 28 days!
Such a year requires a little "getting used to" in the case of the trimesters, because the prime number 13 cannot be divided by 4. But the benefits of a year of 13 months are substantial!
A month has exactly 4 weeks. The 1st
of one month are always Mondays, the 2nd
are Tuesdays, etc.
This makes a year pretty well-organized, and only three simple modifications are needed to realize it.
- A thirteenth month is required. A logical name could be "Midyear" between "June" and "July".
- With the extra month a year counts 364 days, so we need an extra day. "New Year's Day", as its name indicates: the first day of the new year, therefore
is a unique day and is situated between Sunday, December 28 (the last day of the year) and Monday, Jan. 1. Then the year counts the required 365 days.
- A second special day is "Leapday", a day that occurs once every four years, between February 28 (Sunday) and March 1 (Monday). So Leapday is not a regular day
of the week too.
That's it: all problems resolved! And we will hardly have to get used to it!
We still have some time to get used to the idea
The best start for the new calendar will be 2017, because in the current calendar December 31, 2016 will be a Saturday.
So the next day will be a Sunday in the old calendar, and New Year's Day in the new calendar.
In both cases, the next day will be a Monday. A totally comfortable switch!.
- Events and holidays that are linked to a fixed date on the 29th, 30th or 31st day of a month will have to be moved.
(The variable [religious] holidays are not involved, because they follow their own calender.)
For such events in the private sphere three days could simply be deducted from the original date (for example, who was born on August 30, will then celebrate it on
For historical data you could do the same (Halloween will be on October 28) or just calculate the number of days from January 1 and adjust the date.
- The trimesters have to be defined anew:
the 1th trimester ends after 1 x 3 months + 1 week = (April 7) ,
the 2nd trimester ends after 2 x 3 months + 2 weeks = (Midyear 14) ,
the 3rd trimester ends after 3 x 3 months + 3 weeks = (September 21),
the 4th trimester ends after 4 x 3 months + 4 weeks = (December 28) .
The first trimester has 92 days and starts on New Year's Day; the three other trimesters have 91 days and start on a Monday. They all end on a Sunday.
- Each country can decide for themselves whether New Year and Leapday are a day-off, but international consensus would obviously be preferable.