The 13-month "Sol" Calendar
Does this calendar effectively address current concerns with the Gregorian Calendar?
Yes, it does. Unlike our current jumble of month sizes, the Sol Calendar's 28-day months can easily be remembered, and the leap year is more rationally located at the end of the year, rather than tucked after February (which hasn't been considered the end of the year for centuries.)
Since each month's calendar is the same for the first 11 months (and identical through the 28th day every month) it's easy to remember that the 27th day of every month in 2006 is a Friday.
it present any problems of its own?
Since the calendar's first day "floats" from day to day each year, as in the Gregorian calendar, it's not perpetual, which could be seen as a flaw because it doesn't address that concern. Adding "null" days would correct this, but that would add other, more serious, flaws (see below.)
Unlike other calendars, which keep 30- and/or 31-day months, the Sol Calendar eliminates 37 numbered days from the Gregorian calendar, all from the end of months. Even though one, Dec. 30, comes back again like Feb. 29 does now - every four years, this destroys a LOT of birthdays, and might be a big problem for advocates of its adoption among people who care about exact commemorations of their birth on the exact date.
A less serious flaw is that when the first day of the month is a Sunday, as it is in 2006, 13 Friday the 13ths appear on the calendar. Those who are spooked out by this fact will likely shy away from this particular calendar.
The "New Calendar Rhyme" Test:
would it be for this calendar to be
The fact that it doesn't solve the current calendar's uneven quarters - this calendar actually destroys them altogether - is a point advocates of this calendar would have to address.
On the plus side, this calendar could be adopted in place of any Gregorian year, since there's no requirement that the year start on a certain date, as is required by some reform proposals.
Also going for it is the fact that the
Sol 13-month Calendar, as outlined above, is elegant, simple and very
attractive. This and the sheer symmetry of the months may help
overcome some of the objections listed here in the eyes of the
The modern International Fixed calendar also has a 13-month year, each with 28 days. It also adds a "null" day at the end of the year not belonging to any month. The added month, named either Sol or Midi, is located in the same place as the Sol Calendar proposal above, between June and July. In leap years, another off-calendar day, "leap day," would be inserted between June and Sol/Midi.
From a practical point of view, as discussed with the World Calendar, any off-calendar days present a nightmare for record keeping, and would tend to doom any calendar proposal.
As for the Sol Calendar proposal above, these null-day issues do not exist, and would not be an impediment to adopting that version of the 13-month calendar.
It even names the cycles of the centuries in the manner of the Mayans, and totem animals are attached to the calendar as well. While some would certainly be attracted to these aspects, most others would be repulsed or even amused by them, and in any case would not want to adopt one unknown (dare I say, "fringe"?) religion's calendar for all of civilization.
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