the question of non-weekdays

19 October 2009

weekdays vs new year’s day and the leap year day?

A common argument against proposed calendars focuses on the use of non-weekdays. In the case of theAbysmal Calendar, there are two such days. The New Year’s Day which falls on the equivalent of December 21st, between the last Friday of one year, and the first Saturday of the next, and; the Leap Year Day which falls on the day before the New Year’s Day every 4 years (with an exception every 128 years, when it is not observed).

Setting the Leap Year Day aside for the moment…

The New Year’s Day is a non-weekday in order that the structure of the remaining 52 weeks remain perpetual from year to year. Thus, every week begins on a Saturday, and ends on a Friday, as does every month (of 4 weeks), every quarter (of 13 weeks) and every year (of 52 weeks).

If the New Year’s Day were to be counted as a weekday, yet remained outside of the 52 weeks of the year, this would create a 7-year cycle of years, that would still remain structurally sound. The first day of each year would begin one weekday later than the previous one.

For example, Year 0 13-XIX, begins on Saturday and ends on Friday. The New Year’s Day falls on Saturday. The first day of Year 1 1-IV would fall on Sunday and end on Saturday. Year 2 2-IX would begin on Monday and end on Sunday, etc… See below for an illustration of the months for each year.

The Leap Year Day, however, should remain a non-weekday, as it would disrupt this otherwise logical progression of weekdays every four years, and again every 128 years. Currently, the observation of February 29th as a weekday causes the Gregorian Calendar to repeat its cycle of weekdays, months and days of the month every 400 years. Not exactly user-friendly.

An argument can be made to either observe the New Year’s day as a weekday or not, however, the Leap Year day should not be observed as a weekday. This simply makes a muddle of an otherwise logical arrangment of the days of the year.

Register your opinion on the Poll at the bottom:


Month 12 Year 8~XIV

21 November 2008

last Month of the Year ~ 208 Weeks until 2012.


Here’s looking forward to the Year shedding it’s skin to begin again.

Month 11 Day 4 coincides with the New Moon that begins Lunation 0 for the upcoming Year 9~XIX.

Day 27, the last Friday of the Year bears 9~XIX, the same as that for the upcoming Year.  The numbers progress from 1~13, and the glyphs between IV, IX, XIV, X.

Year 8~XIV Month 10

28 September 2008

40 Weeks Done, 220 to go ~ the Countdown to December 21st 2012 continues


Year 8~XIV Month 8

31 July 2008

32 weeks down, 228 to go to 2012


Year 8~XIV Lunation 8

31 July 2008

Counting down to 12~21~2012


An appeal to readers of theAbysmal

19 July 2008

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Year 8-XIV Lunation 6

3 June 2008