What self respecting Revolution would pass up the opportunity to re-draft the calendar. The French did it, and I believe also the Chinese, Khymer Rouge, Iranians, Libyans… (correct me if I am wrong) Anyone else?
(well… Christianity and Islam of course, do they count?)
Who could resist the opportunity to reset the calendar to zero and then set up the rest of history with your own impreteur. It is classic, you instantly become the most important event and people in history. Well in your own little corner of the world at least. Legends in your own minds.
However, that’s not to say there wouldn’t actually be some very practical reasons for re-ordering the calendar… and a few asthetic ones as well. The French did come up with some lovely names for their months – not entirely sure why they junked it all in the end. But back to the practical reasons for contemplating a change: being a complete atheist I am in no way wedded to a calendar that is based on and structured around religious consideration, so that’s good, I can contemplate a utilitarian structure serving practical considerations.
So… what would it be like.
I have got to be honest, I didn’t actually think of this one myself (but if you dont tell, I wont either 😉
The basic structure is 13 months. All made up of 4 weeks totalling 28 days. So the first day of every month would be a Monday and the last day of every month would be Sunday the 28th. Each week day always fall on the same date of the month.
So, just checking the maths: 13 x 28 = 364.
There are 365 days in the year . So that leaves one day left over (2 days every leap-year) not part of a month, and that can be New Years day (or Revolution day, or whatever). And can be slotted in between any 2 months you like.
Make it a public holiday too, why not (between Dec – Jan, New Years Day?).
Talking of public holidays, with a calendar structure like this, you can also ensure that by decree – all national/bank/anniversary day holidays etc, will fall on for instance the 3rd monday of the month. That gives you up to 13 holidays to play with, they all fall on exactly the same day of the month (easy to plan for) and who wouldn’t enjoy having a certain amount of guaranteed 4 day weeks.
See – Brilliant. 🙂
Now all anyone would have to fight over would be what to name the months. But hey, make it a national competition to come up with names. Everyone gets to join in the fun and be invested in the outcome. Perfect Revolutionary politics!
(additional thought: slot the extra month in between June and July and call it Solstice. Result – minimal disruption to the existing months on either side. Albeit, it might be a bit confusing internationally if not everyone changed…)