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calendars (was: samhain?)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, November 4, 2004, 18:53
On Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at 10:09 , Mark J. Reed wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 03, 2004 at 07:39:24PM +0000, Ray Brown wrote: >> To add to the fun, both "New Style" - with the dates given above - and >> "Old Style" (following the Julian Calendar) quarters days are observed >> for >> different purposes. The financial year, for example, begins with the Old >> Style Lady Day, now the 6th April, since until we adopted the New Style >> calender in 1752 Lady Day was also "New Year's Day". Rather boringly ever >> since then New year's Day has been Jan. 1st. > > Though for some reason the fiscal date was not further adjusted when the > Julian and Gregorian calendars drifted further apart in 1900; Julian > March 25th is Gregorian April 7th these days.
I imagine it was simply because by 1900, it was no longer remembered that the fiscal year began on the Old Style "lady Day'.
> Based on what I've read, January 1st was always the date called "New > Year's Day"; March 25th was called simply "Lady's Day" even when it was > the date upon which the year number changed.
I am probably guilty of exaggeration or over-simplification. I get the impression, however, that in earlier times New years's day (that is, Jan. 1st) was not much celebrated. I guess the annual round of religious festivals kept track of the passing of time. I suspect that it is with the decline of widespread observance of most of the old festivals that secular 'land marks' like the New Year have grown in importance.
> The old scheme is admittedly more interesting, but for "interesting" I > prefer to switch calendars entirely. :) The Jews, for instance, change
Yep - the Jewish calendar is certainly more interesting than the Gregorian. The Mayan calendar is even better :) Ray =============================================== =============================================== Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason." [JRRT, "English and Welsh" ]


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
B. Garcia <madyaas@...>