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Proposals for a better calendar

Pilgrims on the way to the spring festival at night?

What does the caravan of camels have to do with the date of Easter? Quite a lot actually, as it illustrates the connection between the phase of the moon and the Easter date.
The night of full moon was popular reason for celebrating festivals or holding markets. Establishing the beginning of spring – the spring equinox – at the time of the full moon was one of the most important festivals of the year. As, in the southern countries, it was very arduous to travel during the day due to the heat, a pilgrimage would be made at night. What could be better than making using of the most natural of all street lighting?

The festival was arranged in such a way that the full moon would appear during the travelling time! That is the main reason why the Easter date changes! Easter, as a successor to the spring festival, followed this custom. The reasons for these date regulations require revamping.

It would seem however that there were also some sober-minded people who wanted to improve the calendar. Numerous endeavours were made at altering the calendar since the Renaissance. My search for the outcome of these endeavours led me to the Library of the League of Nations in Genf. There in the protocols I found information of which the public was hardly aware:
Around the turn of the century 1900, the subject of reforming the calendar was very much in the news. The question of a calendar reform was submitted to the League of Nations after the First World War in 1922. The League of Nations had already implemented a special committee of enquiry for the calendar reform in 1924. 185 suggestions for reform were submitted by 33 countries!

There is a proposal for improving the calendar!

O n e proposal, which could put an end to all problems, came out on top. It originated from the »World Calendar Association« under the chairmanship of the enthusiastic calendar reformer Elisabeth Achelis. She had very carefully developed the calendar by making only a few alterations to the current calendar and with increasing consideration of tradition.

After the interruption of the Second World War, the United Nations undertook the assignment of reforming the calendar.

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