Fans of the French Republican Calendar will note that today is the leap-day, the French Republican equivalent of 29th February, to bring the annual four-year cycle to a close. So it’s quite fittingly known as the Jour de la révolution.
Year 221 starts tomorrow.
Do note, by the way, that today is the French Republican Calendrical equivalent of 29 February — it’s the leap-day that comes round in order to complete the quadrennial cycle, hence its magnificently appropriate name.
I’ve long thought that the EU got things the wrong way around when it mandated use of the (French Revolutionary) metric system and stuck to the old Gregorian Calendar. My offer to Mr Brown’s Government is that if they legislate to implement the French Republican Calendar in this country, I shall drop my opposition to the creation of British Values Day — especially if it gets held on the Jour de la révolution, which would mean not only that it’ll only come around every four years, but also that it’ll tacitly, or not-so-tacitly, identify British Values with French Republican Values, which would be a significant improvement on what’s otherwise likely to be on offer.
Year CCXVII kicks off tomorrow…
As everyone should know by now, today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, so please feel free to Talk Like A Pirate in the comments box here, or, indeed, elsewhere. Suggestions over here. Ah, Jim lad.
It’s also the Jour de la raison, according to the version of the French Republican Calendar installed at this site, one of the holidays that brings the old year to a close — and it is appropriate, I think, that a day celebrating human reason should fall on International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
If there are any Calendar Bores out there, can he or she (but, more likely, he) tell me how often the French Republican New Year and the Jewish New Year coincide? It seems that from sunset this evening until midnight Paris time we have overlapping New Year festivities, which I don’t think I’ve ever noticed before.
(Will French Republican Jews celebrate with especial vigour this evening, or do they worry that that would compromise their French Republican identity? I like to think that they will.)
It is, of course, DÃ©cade I, Primidi de VendÃ©miaire de l’AnnÃ©e CCXV de la RÃ©volution today, in the ongoing calendrical celebration of the people’s triumph over monarchical tyranny that is the French Republican Calendar.
Please note (above) that today is “Jour de la raison”, as we’re into the annual cycle of holidays that closes out the French Republican Calendrical year, so can we stop talking like pirates and start being rational.
(Don’t worry: it’s just for one day.)
Friends of the Republican Calendar: note that we’re cycling through the end-of-year holidays prior to Year CCXIV beginning on (Gregorian) 22 September.
Le jour de gloire est arrivÃ©! Yes, it’s the leap-year day in the arithmetical version of the French Revolutionary Calendar that this blogsite enjoys thanks to the expert engineering of Steve over at Very True Things.
Phersu has noted the occasion, too in a footnote to a post from earlier today:
(Via Portique virtuel, qui rappelle qu’aujourd’hui est dans une version simplifiÃ©e et homogÃ©nÃ©isÃ©e au calendrier grÃ©gorien du calendrier de Fabre d’Eglantine le “Jour de la rÃ©volution” de l’An CCXII – le Jour de la RÃ©volution est un jour qui n’existe que les annÃ©es bissextiles, toutes les “Franciades” de quatre ans, le dernier “jour complÃ©mentaire” de l’annÃ©e, demain nous serons le 1er VendÃ©miaire An 213 aprÃ¨s la proclamation de la IÃ¨re RÃ©publique).
I couldn’t put it better myself.I’ve always maintained that the EU made the wrong choice when it embraced the French Revolutionary Metric System (“The Revolution has given the People the Metre!”) but rejected the French Revolutionary Calendar. Clearly the way forward is to combine old English weights and measures with the harmonious enjoyment of of the passage of time that the Republican Calendar makes possible.
But I suspect I’m still in a minority on this one.