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The World Calendar

1956 proposal by the United Nations

The application for the introduction of the World calendar is still sitting at UNESCO (= United Nations Economic and Social Council). In the last minutes of the UN it stated that the item on the agenda "Calendar Reform" would be adjourned "sine die", i.e.: till kingdom come!

Someone then ingeniously forgot to put calendar reform on the agenda again.

So, what does the proposed calendar from the World Calendar Association look like?

It has the advantage of beginning each year with a Sunday. That way a particular date shall be allocated the same weekday in each year.

There are only three different monthly plans and all years look the same.

Take a look at the diagram:

Each month has the same number of days to that of the previous year and each month has a uniform 22 working days. Furthermore, each quarter also has a uniform 91 days. That makes 4 times 91 = 364 days in the year. The missing 365th day is the World Day, which does not have a weekday name. This “blanc" day is the problem. If the year had only 364 days we would probably have had a better calendar since the 60s. This

one day too many

has caused the reform to fail.

While even the greatest religious denominations of the world did not bring about any serious objections to the World Calendar, the Catholic church itself indicated that they would consent to this calendar, a few minorities still lashed out against it.

However such down-to-earth reasons, like the huge expenditure of DIN and ISO standards committees, to name only two, seemingly do not play any great role in the question of calendar reform.

One should also consider that other religions and cultures with their completely different demands must also come to some arrangement.

The strongest opponent is dear old habit.

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