In genealogy and in the search of my ancestry and family branches, apart from having to use my limited French translation skills, I now have to learn a new conversion skill.
France, after the French Revolution, instituted a completely new calendar and dating schemata. It began with Year One of the Republic. The months were changed and introduced as 30-day months. Each of the 12 months, sub-divided into four three-month quarters, were three 10-day weeks with five, six in leap years, left-over days each year. The five or six extra days were added on as national holidays at the end of every year.
All I can imagine are the number of hours each school day used just teaching calendar memorization. Can you picture the row-on-row of young school children repeating? Vendémiare, Brumaire, Frimaire… Nivôse, Pluviôse, and Ventôse. Germinal, Floréal, Prairial… Messidor, Themidor, and Fructidor. These are the 12 months.
And then on to memorizing 360 individually named days. (I flunk.)
Some French Republican or Revolutionary Calendar reference sites:
- French Republican Calendar at Wikipedia
- An IE French Revolutionary Calendar and Calculator
- The French Revolutionary Calendar
- The French Revolution Calendar
- Calendrier French Revolution Calendar – An application