Alternative Calenders The Liberty Calender Part 3

About a proposal for an alternative form of calender known as the Liberty Calender.



The Liberty Calendar

The positive convenience of the proposed new calendar may be tested in every conceivable way, and there need be no fear that the arrangement will not stand the test. All the fundamentals of the present calendar are retained, even to the extent that Correction Day is omitted from the last year of any number of centuries not evenly divisible by the number 400. This is necessary because the calendar is unavoidably 34 seconds per annum out of exact correspondence with the sun.

Probably the only objection of consequence to a division of the year into 13 months would be the fact that the year could not then be as easily divided into quarters. However, little business is done on the basis of quarters, and if one should want to divide the year into quarters, he would know that each quarter would contain exactly 13 weeks, or 3 1/4 months, and that each quarter would begin on Monday and end on Sunday. The superstition that 13 is an unlucky number is too silly to be considered.

As the new form provides that Monday shall be the first day of every month, it naturally follows that it should also become the first day of every week. There should be no serious objection to this change, and there is a certain fitness in the Sunday of rest following the six days of toil. Again, this change would in a way be a return to the original Sabbath as it stood before the change to the first day of the week.

Regarding the new month of Liberty--the use of this name will, of course, seem strange for a time, but we will soon become accustomed to it, and we will surely indulge in a feeling of joy and proprietorship throughout the month because of what the word liberty means to the world.

On November 25th of each year, Thanksgiving will occur. It will be on Thursday as usual, but we will have the satisfaction of knowing that hereafter it will always come on November 25th, as the last Thursday in every month will be the 25th.

On December 25th, Christmas day will come--also on Thursday. The last day of the year will be Sunday, December 28th, and we will have passed through the whole year without any friction and with scarcely any inconvenience whatsoever. Of course, we will have noticed that a few people have been somewhat annoyed because, in their particular cases, the anniversary of their birthdays has always come after the 28th of the month, and they had to change to the 28th or set their birthdays forward a day or two, the same as a few people have always had to do whose birthdays were on February 29th.

The day following Sunday, December 28th, will be New Year's Day. It will be the first day of the New Year, but it will not be Monday, nor will it be January 1st. Again, we will remember to date our letters "New Year's Day." The day following New Year's Day will be Monday and that will be January 1st. We will then start over again and live exactly the same routine as in the year before.

Under the new equal-month calendar, it seems absolutely certain that we shall agree that the new form has given splendid satisfaction. It will surely be a wonderful relief to feel that through every year thereafter, and for all time to come, the same positive regularity will continue, and that henceforth we will be able to make calculations for future dates without any reference whatever to printed calendars, which will already have gone entirely out of use.

SOURCE: Joseph U. Barnes, The Liberty Calendar and the First Year under the New Calendar, Minneapolis, Minn., 1918.

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