The Thaean Calendar differs from our own in a few mostly superficial ways. They have almost the same number of days in a year (~364), and months make up most of those years, but not all days fall in months. Each of the 8 main sequence months is 48 days (6 weeks) and begins on the day of the Sun. Solstice and Equinox weeks mark the quarters of the year every two months. The day of the week is always the same for any day in any month in any year – in spite of leap years (discussed later.)
Months, Equinoxes, & Solstices:
- Laeur (~ Dec 25 – Feb 4)
- Vhalun (~ Feb 4 – Mar 18)
- Vernum: Vernal Equinox (~ Mar 19-25)
- Coria (~Mar 26 – May 6)
- Estae (~ May 7 – June 17)
- Rhast: Summer Solstice (~ June 18-24)
- Rhaeus (~ June 25 – Aug 5)
- Jovan (~ Aug 6 – Sept 16)
- Aunum: Autumnal Equinox (~ Sept 17-27)
- Harfast (~ Sept 24 – Nov 4)
- Styver (~ Nov 5 – Dec 16)
- Hivern: Winter Solstice (~ Dec 17 – 23 or 24)
Seasons and Weekdays:
The months have been color coded above by season according to Thaean reckoning. They selected to consider their seasons by the sun, rather than the weather as the Empire atempted to move away from agrarian society, and placed each season with an Equinox or Solstice at it’s center. Though most of the world reverted to an agrarian age after the fall of the Empire the new seasons stuck. Such that what we would consider late summer is for them Autumn, with the waning of the sun from its longest period.
The Queensday of each of the holiday weeks is considered the high day of its Solstice or Equinox, and sees the greatest celebrations, though these vary regionally. Hivern is an oddity, as it is a week that sometimes has 8 days. For clarity the days of the week are:
Day of the Sun (Sunday,) Day of the Moon (Monday), Kingsday, Queansday, Thaeasday, Elisday, Jovsday, and on leap years in Hivern there is an Ashday. Though the naming of these days is widely known, they are used much less than we tend to. They do not center around the weekend, but more around the week middle as most celebrations are held on Queensdays, and many take this as a day of rest.
Leap Year Procession:
The Thaean year is roughly 1/6th of a day longer than 354. Leap years happen every 7th year adding Ashday to the winter’s solstice to prevent calendar drift for the extra day. Every 49th year this day is absent as a further correction except for every 343rd year where it is still present.
The Empire Split:
Modern dates are given the affix E.R. standing for of Empire Record. More ancient dates are given the affix B.E. for Before Empire. The oldest written records are estimated at roughly 1000 B.E. during the end of the Shamanistic age. Most of these documents are preserved manuscripts belonging to the early Maji.