Calendars, weeks (Was: Eng./Fr. counting system)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 21:49|
Isidora Zamora wrote at 2003-09-16 12:49:04 (-0400)
> > > >Was this one of the reasons that the 10-day week of the
> > > >Revolutionary Calendar didn't succeed as well as the rest of
> > > >metric system? What other factors were there?
> > >
> > > You'll need to ask a Russian (or at least someone from the
> > > former Soviet Union)
> >Um, I think he was talking about the French Revolution.
From the Calendar FAQ: (http://www.tondering.dk/claus/cal/node8.html)
| A year consists of 365 or 366 days, divided into 12 months of 30 days
| each, followed by 5 or 6 additional days. The months were:
| The year was not divided into weeks, instead each month was divided
| into three décades of 10 days, of which the final day was a day of
| rest. This was an attempt to de-Christianize the calendar, but it was
| an unpopular move, because now there were 9 work days between each day
| of rest, whereas the Gregorian Calendar had only 6 work days between
| each Sunday.
| The ten days of each décade were called, respectively, Primidi, Duodi,
| Tridi, Quartidi, Quintidi, Sextidi, Septidi, Octidi, Nonidi, Decadi.
| The 5 or 6 additional days followed the last day of Fructidor and were
| 1. Fête de la vertu (Celebration of virtue)
| 2. Fête du génie (Celebration of genius)
| 3. Fête du travail (Celebration of labour)
| 4. Fête de l'opinion (Celebration of opinion)
| 5. Fête des récompenses (Celebration of rewards)
| 6. Jour de la révolution (Day of the revolution) (the leap day)
> <laughing at myself>
> Now everyone here knows that I don't know French history :)
> In any case, I have heard of the Soviets using 5 and 6 day weeks at certain
| The Soviet Union has used both a 5-day and a 6-day week. In 1929-30
| the USSR gradually introduced a 5-day week. Every worker had one
| day off every week, but there was no fixed day of rest. On 1
| September 1931 this was replaced by a 6-day week with a fixed day
| of rest, falling on the 6th, 12th, 18th, 24th, and 30th day of each
| month (1 March was used instead of the 30th day of February, and
| the last day of months with 31 days was considered an extra working
| day outside the normal 6-day week cycle). A return to the normal
| 7-day week was decreed on 26 June 1940.
The Calendar FAQ as a whole also has some fairly detailed information
on the Christian (Julian/Gregorian), Hebrew, Islamic, Persian, Mayan
and Chinese calendars:
I've had it in my bookmarks for a while, and I thought it might be a
useful resource for several of the topics in this thread.