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History of the Gregorian Calendar
The Gregorian calendar stands as the foremost time-tracking system in today's world. Within its structure, a typical year spans 365 days. However, every four years, a leap day graces February, extending it to 29 days instead of its usual 28. While April, June, September, and November host 30 days each, the other months boast 31 days—bar February.
From Julian to Gregorian
Transitioning from its precursor, the Julian calendar, the Gregorian adaptation brought several refinements. The Julian calendar was an offshoot of the archaic Roman calendar, presumed to be an observational lunar model based on the moon's phases. Early Romans seemingly utilized a 10-month calendar, accounting for 304 days. The leftover 50-ish days were ambiguously deemed as 'winter.' This configuration disarrayed the summer and winter months, catalyzing the drive for a more precise calendar system.
Republican Calendar and Roman Innovations
Rome then embraced the Republican calendar, which echoed Greek calendar systems. Operating on the assumption of a 29.5-day lunar cycle and a solar year comprising 12.5 synodic months, it required adjustments every fourth year with the inclusion of January and February. This calendar underwent multiple tweaks to synchronize it with the solar year, like adding extra months occasionally. Julius Caesar took a groundbreaking step in 46 BC. He instigated a novel system, decoupling the calendar from new moon observations. By incorporating an extra 10 days and introducing a leap day every fourth year, he aimed for a tighter alignment with the solar year.
Reformations Under Pope Gregory XIII
Nevertheless, the Julian calendar showcased discrepancies, notably a drift concerning equinoxes and solstices by about 11 minutes annually. By 1582, a substantial 10-day deviation had emerged. To address this, Pope Gregory XIII executed a radical solution: October 4, 1582, would be immediately followed by October 15. Additionally, the leap year criteria for century years were redefined; only those divisible by 400 would qualify. These alterations minimized the error margin from 1 day per 128 years to 1 day every 3,030 years, relative to the actual solar year.
The journey towards universal adoption of the Gregorian calendar wasn't swift. Spanning centuries, its acceptance faced resistance and underwent scrutiny. Yet, against all odds and propositions for further modifications, the Gregorian calendar persists, reigning as the globally dominant system for marking dates.
Defining a Holiday
A holiday represents a special day where customary routines, such as attending work or school, take a backseat, either due to tradition or legal stipulation. The interpretation of "holiday" varies regionally. For Americans, the term "vacation" typically implies paid leave, while "holiday" specifically denotes national, religious, or cultural days off. However, in places like the UK or its former colonies, "holiday" might also encompass paid leave.
Purpose of Holidays
At their core, holidays celebrate significant events, figures, or groups with cultural or religious importance. While some, like Christmas and New Year's Day, find global resonance, most holidays are deeply rooted in national contexts. The observance level might vary within nations, ranging from a complete halt of daily activities to mere partial days off. Take Brazil's Carnaval do Brasil as a case in point: almost the entire country pauses, save for industries, retail shops, or carnival-centric businesses.
U.S. Holiday Specifics
This text largely focuses on U.S. holidays. However, manual inputs allow customization to include country-specific holidays or omit certain ones. In the U.S., "federal holidays" are those acknowledged by the government. On such days, non-crucial federal offices shut their doors, and federal employees enjoy paid leave. This practice isn't a given in the private sector. Here, the company's discretion largely determines which federal holidays an employee gets off. Some employees might receive extra "holiday pay" if they work on a federal holiday.
Types of Holidays
Holidays like New Year's Day are "fixed holidays" due to their unchanging date. In contrast, others, like Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, are "floating." It occurs on a set sequence, like the third Monday of January, rather than a fixed date. Similarly, Thanksgiving, a major U.S. celebration, falls on the fourth Thursday of November, making its exact date vary yearly. Below are tables detailing the dates for U.S. federal holidays for 2023 and 2024.
How to Calculate Due Date?
To calculate a due date, add the typical gestation period (usually 280 days or 40 weeks) to the first day of the last menstrual period. Always consult a medical professional for accuracy.
How are Due Dates Calculated?
Due dates are typically calculated by adding 280 days (or 40 weeks) to the first day of a woman's last menstrual period. This method assumes a standard 28 day cycle.