Calendar Reform, Part 1

Reasons for Calendar Reform
The current Gregorian calendar works very well. So well, in fact, that it is now the standard in every country of the world. However, it suffers from many problems, and there are myriad proposals for reform of the calendar to make it more logical, easier to remember, perpetual, more secular etc. There are many proposals to reform the calendar, ranging from simple tinkering with the lengths and names of the months, to more radical proposals such 13-month calendars and calendars that do away completely with our current concepts of months and seven-day weeks etc. I will detail some of these later but, for now, I have three proposals that I consider will iron out different faults that I believe exist in the current system.

Proposal #1
My proposal for calendar reform does not attempt to be perpetual, mainly because, at this time, there are too many objections to this from around the world. Perhaps the time would be ripe for this at some later stage (in which case I have a second proposal which will be detailed below). This proposal, however, sets out to resolve the following problems:

1) The lengths of the months are irregular and not always easy to remember.

2) It is too biased towards Christianity, at a time when the general feeling is that no one faith should be considered above any other.

3) The AD/BC problem should be resolved once and for all.

So, my proposal is as follows:

1) The month lengths would be remembered very simply: Odd numbered months have 31 days; even numbered months have 30 days, except February which has 29, but reverts to 30 in leap years. This would be easy to remember, as basically the months alternate between 31 and 30 days. However, a short month is still called for and keeping this as February would be logical and easy to recall. The simple knowledge that odd numbered months are long and even numbered months are short would suffice.

2) Change the year numbering system to HE, Holocene Era. This entails adding 10,000 to current year numbers, so at the time of writing the year would be 12,006. This has the benefit, again, of being easy to remember, dates in history that we are used to are easy to convert (e.g. WW2 ended in 11,945), and it would solve the AD/BC problem. It would also have the benefit of not being related directly to the birth of Christ.

So, the months in the new calendar would be as follows, with equivalent dates in the Gregorian calendar:
Month Start End Days
January 1 Jan 31 Jan 31
February 1 Feb 1 Mar 29/30
March 2 Mar 1 Apr 31
April 2 Apr 1 May 30
May 2 May 1 Jun 31
June 2 Jun 1 Jul 30
July 2 Jul 1 Aug 31
August 2 Aug 31 Aug 30
September 1 Sep 1 Oct 31
October 2 Oct 31 Oct 30
November 1 Nov 1 Dec 31
December 2 Dec 31 Dec 30
This system would entail minimal change from the current calendar, and dates such as people’s birthdays could be mapped to the new dates in the calendar, e.g. someone with a birthday of 1st March would change to 29th February. Alternatively, they could keep the current date, although many of these would disappear under the new system (e.g. 31st August). Other important dates would not change, e.g. Christmas would remain as 25th December.

I would also propose to change the names of some of the months, in particular July and August, as these are named after Roman emperors and thus not truly neutral. A simple option would be to return to the old names of Quintilis and Sextilis, although ideally all of the month names would be changed to something more neutral, e.g. famous scientists or whatever.

Calendar Reform, Part 2

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