ARISTEAN
CALENDAR

PROCLAMATION

 

Proclamation of the Aristean calendar (2000)

In the City of Campbelltown, Metropolitan Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
December 31, 2000

 

Inspiration
One morning in January 1992 while I was driving to work, an idea came to my mind as an inspiration, a divine inspiration I believe. The inspiration was simply like this: "31-30-30, start on Monday."  I said to myself that it must have something to do with calendars.

Devising the calendar
When I arrived at the office, I worked out how the calendar would look like. The pattern 31-30-30 must be the number of days in the months of the quarter, thus, I assigned 31 days to January, April, July and October and 30 days to all the other months. As how the inspiration indicated, I assigned Monday as the start of the quarter. Hence, January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 all fall on Monday.

The total days in the quarter is 91. Four quarters of 91 days per quarter gives 364 days. This is one day short of a common year. To maintain January 1 as Monday, that 365th day must be a "neutral" day, i.e. not be a regular name day of the week. As a computer programmer, I understand that a date must have a month, a day, and a year. The 365th day must therefore belong to a month and not be left hanging. So I assigned it to December 31. It is the last day of the year so it will not affect the numbering of days from January 1. Also, it will not affect the weekly and quarterly cycles.

The next problem that took me so long to decide was where to place the leap year day during leap years. It took me about seven months before I made the final decision. All along, I had been thinking of assigning this leap year day to November 31 until one day in August when suddenly I decided to assign it to June 31. It showed me why that date is logically correct. Since June 30 is a Sunday and is the end of the week and of the quarter, assigning the leap year day to June 31 would not interfere with the weekly and quarterly cycles. In addition, the year is divided equally into two parts, i.e. 183 days in each half year.

Introduction to the world
As if to herald its introduction to the world, when this calendar proposal was first published in the newspaper on November 3, 1992, it occupied about 40% of the front page. And as if to introduce it to the Australian TV audience, it was featured in the National Nine News the following month on December 2, 1992.

Revelations
Revelations came early and one after another as if to reinforce my belief that this calendar is really from God. The first was less than a year after the calendar was conceived. In 1993, I realized that the name of my mother Gregoria is related to the Gregorian calendar we are presently using. Another year later, in 1994, I realized that the name of my maternal grandmother Julita is related to the Julian calendar, the predecessor of the Gregorian calendar. The correspondence is strikingly similar: Gregoria, Gregorian calendar; Julita, Julian calendar. They are even in the same order. These must not be mere coincidences. I did not have any say in naming my mother and my grandmother but it turned out that their names are without doubt related to calendars.

On March 13, 1997, I renamed the calendar from Fernando Perpetual Calendar to Aristean Perpetual Calendar after I noticed that it was the first names of my mother and my grandmother which are related to the calendar. Researching on the significance of Aristeo, I found out that the name came from the Greek god Aristeus. In Greek, the root word of Aristeus is aristos meaning best or number one. This is as if the name gives an indication that the Aristean Calendar is really, without a doubt, the best among the proposed perpetual calendars.

My middle name is Canlas. It comes from the maiden name of my mother. This may give a clue as to the destiny of this calendar. Canlas may be similar to the English words "can last".

It was on April 26, 1994 when an almost whole page featured article was published about the calendar. I discovered six weeks after publication the three big bold letters at the start of paragraphs which spelled A-M-A. Ama is the Filipino word for father or God the Father. Ama is also the name we (I and several other listeners) use to address the Holy Spirit we communicate with. That Holy Spirit, if you will believe it, is none other than Jesus Christ Himself. This must be a sign from the Holy Spirit that the calendar has divine blessing. This further reinforced my belief that the calendar is from God.

One year after we rented post office box number 888 at the Campbelltown Post Office, I discovered that 888 is the number of Jesus. This discovery came in May 1994 from a book that a visiting peer who I have not met for about 35 years was reading. My wife selected 888 because it signifies our arrival in Australia in August of 1988. That is the 8th month of 1988.

Another revelation came in July 1994 when I discovered that our PO box 888 is right in the middle of a cross. There are four boxes to the left, four to the right, four below and three above. It is incredible! 888. Number of Jesus. Cross.

December 1994 presented another surprising revelation. Through a photograph I took of the post office boxes several weeks earlier, I noticed that there were three sets of boxes. Box 888 is in the middle set. There is a set on the right and another set on the left of the middle set. This must be a confirmation of the crucifixion on Calvary wherein Jesus was in the middle and two thieves on His either side. On the right set, a cross could also be made whereas on the left set, a cross could not be made. The right set with a cross represented the thief who Jesus promised that He would take to Paradise. The left set without a cross represented the thief who ridiculed Jesus. No cross, no reward in Paradise for him.

The Holy Spirit
In 1998, I asked the Holy Spirit if the Aristean calendar would be implemented in 1999 or 2000. His reply was 'yes'. It was not a 'no' or 'I do not know' or 'Maybe'. It was a definte 'yes'. This only indicates that He approves this calendar.

2000 Olympic Games
Since September 1993 when Sydney won the bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games, I am convinced of presenting the calendar to the world during the closing ceremony, at most proclaiming it. There were many things that seemed to have been put in place to give Australia the motivation to do it. Among these are:

1.

The Aristean calendar was conceived in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia.

2.

The calendar was devised by an Australian.

3.

The 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney would have been the best stage to present the calendar as its gift to the world in commemoration of the hosting of the Games. It also would have been the best stage to officially proclaim the calendar.

4.

January 1, 2001 is the centenary of federation of Australia. The calendar could have been the country's gift to the world in commemoration of this celebration.

5.

January 1, 2001 is the start of the Third Millennium and the 21st Century. The calendar could have been the gift or legacy of this present generation of mankind to future generations in commemoration of these events.

6.

January 1, 2001 is a Monday in the Gregorian and so is it in the Aristean paving the way for a smooth changeover.

Despite all these, the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) did not approve of it due to its religious significance or meaning. The Games is supposedly non-sectarian. The calendar's presentation could have caused controversy to the "best Games ever" in what is supposedly non-sectarian Games. I just accepted that it was not meant to be presented during the Games.

Other avenues explored
Aside from SOCOG, I explored also other avenues to have the calendar presented and adopted, such as through the United Nations, His Holiness Pope John Paul II when he visited Australia in 1995, U.S. President Bill Clinton, the media, the Australian Federal Parliament, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Premier of the state of New South Wales, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Philippine government, the Indian High Commissioner to Australia, etc. Some of them did not even care to reply to my letters. They must have felt that they are not in the position to act on very sensitive and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. There must be some other ways that God planned how this calendar would be introduced and implemented. And it may be this way--proclaiming it myself through the Internet.

 

Provision for implementation 
The following are the provisions in the implementation of the Aristean calendar:

December 31
December 31 is designated as World Peace Day (WPD), and for the religious, the Grand Sabbath. In the Aristean calendar, this is a no-weekday and is a public holiday throughtout the world. The date could also be called New Year's Eve. All countries are advised to declare this date as official public holiday.

June 31
June 31 is designated as Leap Year Day (LYD), and for the religious, the Glorious Sabbath. In the Aristean calendar, this is a no-weekday and is a public holiday throughout the world. All countries are advised to declare this date as official public holiday.

Declaration of June 31 and December 31 as public holidays
In order to avoid confusion of the no-weekdays of December 31 and June 31, all national governments are called upon to declare these two dates as official public holidays.

Christian public holidays in the Aristean calendar
The following are Christian public holidays:

January 1
May 22
May 23
June 31
August 17
August 19
August 20
December 31

Mon
Thu
Fri
LYD
Sat
Mon
Tue
WPD

New Year's Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day - birth of Jesus Christ
Glorious Sabbath
Crucifixion Day (of Jesus Christ)
Resurrection Eve (in lieu of August 17, Sat.) Resurrection Day (of Jesus Christ)
Grand Sabbath


Holyday
Holyday

Holyday
Holyday
Holyday

Christian Sabbath
The Sabbath of Christians will be observed on Sunday. In addition, December 31 is the Grand Sabbath of the year. Every leap year, June 31 is the Glorious Sabbath.

Christmas
Christmas Season will officially start on Monday, May 5 and ends on Sunday, May 25. May 22, Thursday, is Christmas Eve and May 23, Friday, Christmas Day. Both these dates are Christian public holidays.

Lent
The start of Lent will be on August 11 designated as Palm Sunday. Crucifixion Day is on August 17. It is a Christian public holiday and since it falls on a Saturday, the Monday following, August 19, is declared as Christian public holiday in lieu of August 17, Saturday. August 19 is designated as Resurrection Eve. Resurrection Day is on August 20, Tuesday. This is a Christian public holiday and ends the period of Lent.

Other Christian feast days
Other Christian feast days are:
September 16, Sunday, Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Heaven
September 30, Sunday, Ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven
November 25, Sunday, Blessing of the Children

Transition period
The transition period from the Gregorian calendar to the Aristean calendar will be from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2010 during which time both calendars will be used simultaneously. Beginning January 1, 2011, everything must be Aristean calendar-compliant and the Gregorian calendar is dropped from usage completely. To distinguish whether a date is Gregorian or Aristean, the capital letters G and A, respectively, will be appended at the end of the date. For example, October 16, 2002G indicates that the date is a Gregorian date. It must be noted that the day of the week of dates are the same in both calendars from January 1 to February 28 and from September 1 to December 31.

As part of a smooth changeover, during the transition period, the calendar for the year 2001 of the Gregorian calendar will be used every year until 2010 except during leap years of 2004 and 2008. January 1 of each year will be Monday; December 31 will be a no-weekday. The Gregorian February 29 of 2004 and 2008 will not be operative. Instead, June 31, 2004 and June 31, 2008, respectively, will be designated Leap Year Day (LYD) for those years. They will be no-weekdays. This is to introduce LYD as a world public holiday and its presence in the new calendar.

The following table compares the day of the week of dates in Aristean and Gregorian calendars from 2001 to 2010:

Date

Aristean

Gregorian

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Jan 1

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Feb 28

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Feb 29

Thu

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Jun 30

Sun

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Jun 31

LYD

None

None

None

LYD

None

None

None

LYD

None

None

Jul 1

Mon

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sep 1

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Sat

Dec 30

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Dec 31

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD

WPD


Deleted Gregorian dates in the Aristean calendar
Since the Gregorian dates of March 31, May 31, and August 31 are not found in the Aristean calendar, these will be substituted using the preceding dates, i.e., March 30, May 30, and August 30, respectively.

Leap year rule in the Aristean calendar
The leap year rule of the Gregorian calendar is adopted in the Aristean calendar, i.e. a leap day is added to the year giving a total of 366 days if the year whose last two digits are evenly divisible by four, except for years ending in 00 not divisible by 400. In the Aristean, the leap day occurs on June 31.

Newsgroup where to discuss the Aristean calendar
All discussions on the Aristean calendar on the Internet will be made in newsgroup alt.calendar.aristean. Since this newsgroup has not been created yet as of this date, will someone facilitate its creation?

Year in the Aristean calendar
The present year 2000 used in the Gregorian calendar will not be reckoned from the birth of Christ but from the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross. This is as revealed by the Holy Spirit wherein this event happened on August 17, 2000 years ago.

Meaning of B.C. and A.D.
The new meanings of B.C. will be Before Crucifixion (of Jesus Christ) and A.D. will be After Death (of Jesus Christ on the cross).

Implementation of the Christian public holidays
Effective immediately, the Christian public holidays in the Aristean calendar will be implemented using the Aristean dates in countries observing such Christian feasts as Christmas Day, Crucifixion Day (Good Friday) and Resurrection Day (Easter).

 The overwhelming "coincidences" above reinforced my conviction to carry on in pursuing the implementation of the Aristean calendar because I believe it is a winner. They reinforced my belief that the calendar is from God. They reinforced my belief that I am an instrument of God to present this calendar which seems to be one of my missions here on earth. God has given us signs that the Aristean Calendar is the best calendar for us at this time of human history and maybe as long as this world exists. It is a sensible move to adopt now.

 I, therefore, with a firm belief of having divine authority and being an instrument of God, do solemnly publish on the Internet and proclaim, that the Aristean calendar is the official primary standard calendar of the world beginning January 1, 2001, the start of the Third Millennium and 21st Century. It will be the primary calendar for international business and diplomacy, and such other purposes as it may be used. It is will be official calendar of Christian countries. It is to eventually and completely replace the Gregorian calendar on January 1, 2011.

 

 

(Signed)
Aristeo Canlas Fernando
Peace Crusader

 

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