Calendar

  • Is there a single, generally accepted calendar (including time measurement) or do different countries or peoples or races have different methods of measuring time?
  • How is the day divided into smaller time units? What are they (Hour of the Lark, Sunrise Bell, Nones)? Are the names relevant to anything? Is the length of an hour fixed, or does it vary depending on changes in the length of the day as the seasons change?
  • What are the names of months, and how many days are there in each? How many days in a week? Months in a year?
  • Are there leap years?
  • Who keeps track of the calendar? Who could make adjustments if necessary?
  • Which days are general holidays or festival times? What do they celebrate? Are there any that are only celebrated in particular countries, cities, or regions?
  • What events do people use to date years? Is it a single occurrance (the creation of the world, the end a war, the invention of atomic power)? Are events dated based on arbitrary things (the 12th year of Tiberious’s reign, the 300th year of the Han Dynasty)?
  • How do people tell what time it is? Are there clocks, watches, sundials? Do people have to listen for the bells from the castle or church, do they just eyeball the sun?
  • Are there any days that are considered “outside the year” (such as Mardi Gras)? * How did they originate?

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