reason for The New Earth Calendar is the belief that in this high
tech era, and with man’s ability to measure time with incredible
precision, it is appropriate and also way past due for a new user
friendly calendar. Many earlier proposals have been made to reform
the calendar, each seeking to correct the inherent flaws in the Gregorian
calendar but none were met with universal support. In fact, there
were about 130 proposals taken to the League of Nations for study
in the early part of the last century. Each was rejected for various
reasons, but two were given serious consideration as late as the 1950’s
by the United Nations.
The World Calendar used a system of 12 months, altering the days
in the months as needed to have equal quarters of 31, 30 and 30
days. This yielded a year of 364 days and the required 365th day
was called World Day at the end of the year. This last day and the
leap year day, which was added in the middle of the year were what
is known as “blank days” because they did not have a
date or day of the week. Because of this, the World Calendar did
not shift dates to different weekdays in successive years and therefore
was a perpetual calendar.
The International Fixed Date Calendar was a 13 month calendar proposal.
It was also know as the Cotsworth Calendar and the Eastman Calendar
(George Eastman of Eastman Kodak fame). They were all similar
with 13 months of 28 days each and made up for the needed extra
days with blank days, like the World Calendar.
Whether it was just a resistance to change, a fondness for tradition
or a problem with the concept of blank days is unknown, but ultimately,
none of these calendars were adopted. The blank day concept preserved
the perpetual nature of all of these reform calendars, but tended
to upset various religious groups by breaking the seven day weekly
cycle that has gone on continuously for more than two millennia.
This is where The New Earth Calendar differs. While it is intended
as only a civil calendar for government, business and international
commerce, the leap week feature will preserve the seven day cycle
of weeks that is important to so many. It avoids having more than
six days between Sabbaths while at the same time preserving the
simplicity and perpetual nature of the calendar.