A Conversation for The French Republican Calendar

Birthdays!

Post 1

Vestboy

Did people celebrate special days within their own lives? How did birthdays work out? It msut have abeen a nightmare for accounting purposes when trading abroad!

Great entry, by the way.


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Post 2

Orcus

France was at war with nearly every country in Europe at this point in time so I doubt that the accountants were needed much smiley - winkeye


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Post 3

Vestboy

Selling stuff generally goes on during war time in the wierdest of ways. Some people always profit!


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Post 4

Spiff


Hi there, smiley - smiley

hmm, interesting point, I don't know to what extent they imposed the new calendar on newly invaded regions/states...

as for birthdays! I hadn't thought of that at all, smiley - yikes Although, as I think about it now, I suspect most people probably didn't celebrate birthdays in the way we think of as 'universal' today.

The whole thing must've confused the hell out of 90% of the population, anyhoo


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Post 5

Orcus

Aye, selling stuff still goes on but little things like keeping records and paying taxes become lower priorities smiley - winkeye


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Post 6

Lady Pennywhistle - Back with a vengeance! [for a certain, limited value of Vengeance; actual amounts of Vengeance may vary]

Dealing with double calendars is not a problem - Israel has been doing this for ages.
Officialy, we use the Jewish calendar as well as the Gregorian, and all formal documents (like government papers and such) must carry the Jewish date; and of course, the Jewish holidays are also by the Jewish calendar. In reality, most people that aren't religious use only the Gregorian calendar and wouldn't have any idea what Jewish month it is unless they'd check their diaries.
But still, the two calendars exist, side by side. So I actually have two birthdays each year smiley - smiley.


Happy new year 5765 everybody!


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Post 7

Lady Pennywhistle - Back with a vengeance! [for a certain, limited value of Vengeance; actual amounts of Vengeance may vary]

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the Jewish calendar, here's a very cool converter for _lots_ of calendars (not the revolutionary one, unfortunately): http://bennyhills.fortunecity.com/elfman/454/calindex.html#TOP


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Post 8

Vestboy

So if you have 2 birthdays each year Lady P you must be twice as old as you look!


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Post 9

Lady Pennywhistle - Back with a vengeance! [for a certain, limited value of Vengeance; actual amounts of Vengeance may vary]

smiley - ermNo, not really... the two calendars exist side by side. So this year, for instance, I'll be 22, and then three days later I'll be 22 again.


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Post 10

Cardi

I don't understand how your birthday is 3 days later...It's still the same day every year in the solar calender...25th august 1977 (my gregorian birthday) is 11 / Elul / 5737 AM in the Jewish calender. The year may be different so the following year it will not fall on the 11 Elul. You have to set one calender as your birthday then date will change in the others but it'll always be the same actual solar day...I think...I'm totally confused! smiley - biggrin


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Post 11

Vestboy

Why would you want to get rid of a day to have a party on? And presents... and cake! smiley - drool


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Post 12

Lady Pennywhistle - Back with a vengeance! [for a certain, limited value of Vengeance; actual amounts of Vengeance may vary]

smiley - ermWhat's the problem? You have the Gregorian birthday, and the Hebrew birthday. They hardly ever fall on the same day - about once every 19 years, and even then not always.


If you don't think about it too much, it works out. smiley - winkeye


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