Questions about The 30x11 Calendar:
How do you say
where does it get its name?
"Thirty-Eleven." comes from it's form, which
features the first 11
of the year's first 12 months containing 30
days each. The "30" is
named first, since it emphasizes the 30 days in each
of these months -
a unique feature of this design.
need to reform the current, Gregorian Calendar?
The Gregorian Calendar has
problem. Each month of our current
calendar varies in length: 31,
28/29, 31, 30, 31, etc. We have to look at a printed
calendar or recite
a rhyme to remember month lengths. Because of this,
are unequal, causing problems for accountants and
Connecting a weekday with a day of the month is now
(Quick, what weekday did March 9, 2007 fall on? It
was a Friday. But
you had to look at a calendar, didn't you?)
Determining how many days
in each year have passed - and how many we have left
- is also not
an easy task with the Gregorian.
some of the features of the 30x11 Calendar?
First, let's see what
stays the same if we adopt the 30x11 Calendar:
12 months in a
year; The names of the months and days of the week;
Seven days remain
in a week, 365 days are in a year, with 366 in a
leap year, and leap
years happen in the same years as the current
What changes? Each month has 30 days, except
December, which has 35
days in a regular year, and 36 days in a leap year.
change the length of the 365/366-day year.)
This is a "gentle" reform
old calendar we've become accustomed to, not a
re-design that will leave people confused and
hostile to the
change. Previous attempts to reform the calendar
changed the number of
months, the number of days in the week, or had other
that made them unacceptable to most people.
the advantages of the 30x11 Calendar?
- It has an easy-to-remember
straight months of 30 days each, ending the
confusion of variable month
- It offers three identical
business quarters of 90 days each.
- It still only has one
and puts it in December, at the very end of the
- It allows easy calculation
ordinal days (number of days in the year),
since almost almost all
months are equal in length and each month starts
again after 30 days.
March 1 is always the 61st day of the year. June 30
is always 180th.
November 15th is always the 345th.
- Months progress in
logical fashion, with each month within a
year's calendar year
starting two weekdays later than the previous
month did (if
January starts on a Monday, February starts on a
- Its logical
calculating any weekday of any date - such as March
9 - an easy
task (If January starts on Tuesday, then March
1 will be a
Saturday, Mar. 8 is a Saturday too, so Mar. 9 is a
Do you expect it to
That is the only way it can
adopted. One or two or even a group of nations
simply couldn't run on
one calendar, while the rest of the world uses
another. (Although this
very thing happened for centuries, as the Gregorian
the Julian Calendar, it's not practical in today's
to wait 500 years for all nations to "catch up" and
adopt a new
the calendar be universally adopted?
It's difficult to say, but
supporters of calendar reform should be under no
illusions that it will
happen very soon. The battle
has just now begun to spread the word about this
calendar, so it could
be years. If you want to help, click the "Help get
the word out" link, above.
the days taken from the 31-day-long months and put in
February gets two days to
a "normal-length" month. Historically, the
ancient Romans took
months from February to lengthen months that
were named to
honor rulers like Julius and Augustus
ancient Egyptians had a calendar of 365 days
consisting of twelve
months and five days at the end of December,
totally 365 days.
While not based upon this calendar, the 30x11
Calendar is similar.
Note that the "new"
of Dec. 32-35 do NOT extend the calendar past 365
days. These are the
362nd through the 365th days of the year, replacing
today's Dec. 28-31,
and are not "extra" days of the year - even
though they extend
December's length. From a mathemetical point of
view, placing these
days at the end of the calendar allows the
simplicity of the
progression of 11 contiguous months (30, 30, 30, 30,
etc.) to continue,
and lets us easily determine the numerical values of
the last day of
month easily, without interruption (30, 60, 90, 120,
the leap year day put in December?
In ancient times, the
the leap year day in February, which was the end of
the calendar year
for them. Placing a 36th day in the last month
during leap years honors
that tradition. It also doesn't interrupt the
numerical counts of days
of the year, as cited previously. The
30x11 leap day
simply becomes day 366 of the year. In the Gregorian
29th of Feb. makes March 1 the 61st day, instead of
the 60th day, as it
is in normal years. This interrupts the day-number
count for the rest
of the year.
this calendar help us determine weekdays for each
begins exactly two weekdays after the previous
us easily determine the weekday of any calendar
date. If Jan.
1 is a Monday, February would start two
weekdays later. Feb.
1, 2007 would be a Wednesday, March 1 a Friday,
April 1 a
Sunday. If April 1 is a Sunday, then April 8, 15,
22, and 29 are also
Sundays. If you're looking for April 17, it's two
days after Sunday- a
Tuesday. The advantage of doing this in one's head
No, it's not "perpetual,"
strict sense. Some previous and current
calendar reform have
tried to make the calendar "perpetual," meaning
year begins on the same weekday. But this
requires days to be
actually dropped from the calendar, since we have
365 calendar days in
each normal year - an odd number that ruins the even
is required to make this scheme work.
Dropping or ignoring
off-calendar days is a price too high to pay for a
and most people don't mind at all that Jan. 1 starts
on a new weekday
strictly American or a European venture, or can
anyone join in?
The 30x11 Calendar
meant to be a worldwide effort, and is not
narrowly focused on any one
nation. We would like to have Organizers in EVERY
in this campaign. Contact us if you are willing to
Calendar Committee c/o
APR P.O. Box 75 Manchester,
NH 03105-0075 USA
Email (use "@"
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