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Re: I want to know the current week number of the current month

by hdb (Monsignor)
on Oct 13, 2017 at 06:05 UTC ( #1201291=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to I want to know the current week number of the current month

This thread is a fantastic piece of Calendar Philosophy! I love it.

It throws a nice light on our interesting conventions on counting days, weeks and months relating to the solar and lunar calendars. Why can't the universe be more organized and ensures that the length of our year and moon cycles are proper multiples of the length of an earth day?

My proposal would be to start each year with a Sunday and end it on a Saturday. This would give 364 days for each year. The time between the last Saturday of a year and the first Sunday of the following should be given some special name and be a global holiday of one or two days length. We can then divide the year into 13 months of 4 weeks each.

I am aware that this will not solve all types of calendar calculations and the lunar calendar will not align to this scheme. It will also not be compatible with a number of religions who rely on an uninterrupted cycle of 7-day weeks or the interaction between the solar and lunar calendars.

There is also no global organization who will be able to get everybody to agree to such a scheme and it will lead to even more conflict in the world...

Which brings us back to the point where Muskovitz needs to define the current week number of the current month.

Thanks for listening to my ramble on this Friday, 13th (Gregorian Calendar), 2nd week of October 2017.

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Re^2: I want to know the current week number of the current month [OT]
by haukex (Bishop) on Oct 13, 2017 at 08:38 UTC
Re^2: I want to know the current week number of the current month
by LanX (Sage) on Oct 13, 2017 at 11:58 UTC
    > My proposal would be to start

    Actually that idea is much older than you might think, see Egyptian calendar

    With the difference that the "week" in Egypt had 10 days.

    The desire for a 7 day week stems IIRC from Babylon in order to split the moon cycle in four parts (well almost) and was adopted and spread by the monotheistic book religions.

    Getting 3 unrelated astronomical rotation cycles (earth day, lunar month, solar year) in sync with a table can't be easy. :)

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
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