The New Earth Calendar is a proposal for calendar reform by James A. Reich providing for a perpetual 364-day year of 13 identical months of 28 days each. Every five years with certain exceptions, a "leap week" would be added after December 28th, to bring the year into alignment with the solar cycle.
The months are named the same as they are in the Gregorian calendar, except that a new month called Luna is inserted between June and July. Each month begins on a Monday and ends on a Sunday.
Each month would be displayed in the following way:
Leap week rule and New Year
Years whose number is divisible by five have a leap week, except that years divisible by 40 have a leap week only if they were divisible by 400 as well.
Years are scheduled so that the new year would coincide with the Gregorian new year for 2001 or any other Gregorian year beginning Monday in the 21st century.
Features and benefits
- The calendar is perpetual. It never changes from year to year.
- Each month, and each week, begins on a Monday and ends on a Sunday
- Because a date in one year will occur on the same weekday in all years to come, business, government, educational institutions and other similar organizations would be able to schedule once and rely on the same dates in future years.
- Weekdays are tied to specific days of the month every month, every year.
- Four equal business quarters of 91 days/13 weeks
- Does not ignore "off-calendar" days as other proposals do. All days are accounted for in leap years.