/ 06 November 2023

Unlucky 13 months

View of the famous statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parlaiment Square towards the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster and clock tower aka Big Ben on 24th August 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, England, although the name is frequently extended to refer also to the clock and the clock tower. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
View of the famous statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parlaiment Square towards the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster and clock tower aka Big Ben on 24th August 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, England, although the name is frequently extended to refer also to the clock and the clock tower. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

What if every month was February? And by that, we mean what if every month was 28 days? That was the dream of calendar reformists post-WWI, who advocated adopting more uniform months. A writer in the Washington Post says the proposal, which was supported by American business leaders, would have given us 13 months of 28 days, with an extra ‘world holiday’ making up the 365th day. Against the proposal were Jewish leaders, who pointed out that because their Sabbath is every 7 days (aka on Saturday in our Gregorian calendar-led world), it would mean that every year it would shift to a new day, and a Sabbath on a Wednesday was beyond the pale. The Vatican also disagreed with a uniform calendar, and the proposal faded into history… Change – it’s never easy… 

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