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Ibnaleiks Almanaks

The calendar used in Markland and Helluland is known as the Ibnaleiks Almanaks, or the Equal Almanac. It is similar to the International Fixed Calendar proposed by Moses B. Cotsworth in 1923. However the Equal Almanac was officially implemented January 1, 1800. There is speculation that Cotsworth based his proposal on the Equal Almanac, but their is no evidence to support this claim.



The calendar year has 13 months with 28 days each, plus an extra day at the end of the year not belonging to any month. Each year coincides with the corresponding Gregorian year (and therefore is a solar calendar).


The months have the Wistra Gutisk version of the same names as those of the Gregorian calendar, except that a month called Sólmenoþs is inserted between Iúni and Iúli.


In leap years, a leap day, belonging to no month is inserted before Iainúar 1. Common years are 365 days long; leap years are 366 days long. The first day of each year, Iainúar 1, is deemed a Sunday and every subsequent day that belongs to a month is deemed to be in the conventional 7-day week.

Days that do not belong to a month are deemed to be outside of the week and always occur between a day deemed Saturday and a day deemed to be Sunday.


Because each month consists of exactly four weeks, the first day of each month and every seventh day after that for the rest of the month is deemed to be a Sunday, the second day of each month and every seventh day after that for the rest of the month is deemed to be a Monday, and so on. Therefore, each month begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday, just like each conventional week.


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28


The 13 months and extra days occur on the following Gregorian dates:


Month Starts Ends
Us-hlaup Dags January 1
January 1 January 28
Febrúar January 29 February 25
Mars February 26 March 25
Apríl March 26 April 22
Mai April 23 May 20
May 21 June 17
Solmenoþs June 18 July 15
July 16 August 12
Augúst August 13 September 9
Sibunmenoþs September 10 October 7
October 8 November 4
Niunmenoþs November 5 December 2
December 3 December 30
Jer Dags December 31


Us-hlaup Dags

In a leap year, Us-hlaup Dags is inserted before Iainúar 1. Us-hlaup Dags is not part of the month or dated as common days are. This means that in leap years before there is a January 1, there is Us-hlaup Dags, or Leap Day. So how does this effect New Year's Day? Quite simply, it does not.


On the last day of the year, Jer Dags, there will be the typical New Year's Eve just like any other year with a grand celebration and spectacular fireworks. In a common year, the next day (Iainúar 1) would be New Year's Day. In a leap year, there would be Jer Dags, then Us-hlaup Dags followed by New Year's Day (Iainúar 1). The celebration does not change with festivities ending in the early hours of Us-Hlaup Dags just as they would during a common year. No one works on Us-hlaup and some even take the following day off as well.


For accounting purposes you'll find the date indicated with Iainúar 0, or UHD, though this is very rare as Us-hlaup Dags is a holiday. All banks process or post transactions on the first business day of the year anyway.


In the matter of births on Us-hlaup Dags, the official birthday is Iainúar 1. Though the individual chooses when to celebrate. For example, when a person reaches the legal age to drink alcoholic beverages it is typical to celebrate on Taihunmenoþs 28, and the law allows this as there is yet no reason to abstain another 24 hours.


The Us-hlaup Jer (leap year) calendar will look like this:


Iainúar 2012
 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Us-Hlaup Dags 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28



Jer Dags

Every year, common or leap, there is a Year Day (Jer Dags). As mentioned previously, this day does not belong to a month. Outside of Markland and Helluland this day is New Year's Eve and is on December 31. In Markland and Helluland there is no date assigned and all business transactions that might occur will be posted on the first business day of the new year.


Common and leap year calendars will look like this:


Taihunmeonþs 2011
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Jer Dags


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