REMEMBERING THE NUMBER OF DAYS IN MONTHS©    

 

The Aristean calendar has only either 30 or 31 days in a month.  Each quarter has 31 days in the first month and 30 days in the second and third months.  The exception is the last quarter where December has 31 days.  Thus, 31-30-30-31-30-30-31-30-30-31-30-31.

 

The mnemonics devised to easily remember the number of days of each of the 12 months during common or ordinary year is with the use of the fingers of our hands.  This is done by spreading out all the ten fingers of our two hands with the palms facing down.  Then the ring and middle fingers are bent inward and held by the thumbs.  This results with the little fingers and the index fingers sticking out.  These represent the months with 31 days while those fingers not sticking out are for the months with 30 days.

 

Thus, counting from left to right, the months with 31 days are as follows: 

Left little finger -           month 1, January

Left index finger -        month 4, April

Right index finger -  month 7, July

Right little finger -        month 10, October

The months with 30 days are as follows:

            Left ring finger -           month 2, February

            Left middle finger -      month 3, March

            Left thumb -                 month 5, May

            Right thumb - month 6, June

            Right middle finger – month 8, August

            Right ring finger -        month 9 September,

Since we only have ten fingers whereas there are 12 months in a year, we use our right hand to continue counting.  The eleventh month, November, which has 30 days, is represented by the right thumb, and the twelfth month, December, by the right index finger which is sticking out, hence, has 31 days. 

 

Counting from right to left produces the same result, namely:

            Right little finger -        month 1, January

            Right index finger -      month 4, April

            Left index finger -        month 7, July

            Left index finger -        month 10, October

The months with 30 days are as follows:

            Right ring finger -        month 2, February

            Right middle finger – month 3, March

            Right thumb - month 5, May

            Left thumb -                 month 6, June

            Left middle finger -      month 8, August

            Left ring finger -           month 9, September

The eleventh month, November, 30 days, is represented by the left thumb, and the twelfth month, December, 31 days, by the left index finger.

 

NURSERY RHYME

The nursery rhyme that school children use to remember the number of days in months of the present Gregorian calendar runs like this:

“Thirty days hath September,

     April, June and November;

February has twenty-eight alone,

All the rest have thirty-one;

Excepting leap year: that’s the time

When February’s days are twenty-nine.”

 

Proposed nursery rhyme for the Aristean calendar is as follows:

“Thirty-one days hath December,

     January, April, July, and October; 

All the rest have thirty;

Excepting leap year; that’s the time

When June’s days are thirty-one.”

 

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