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This book offers answers to seemingly obvious but actually quite complicated questions concerning the task, purpose and cultural/historic meaning of the calendar for the various people and cultures in the past and in the present. It also deals with the proposals and approaches which have been made to improve our calendar of today.

Detailed tests have also led to the discovery that this measurement for time differs considerably to the measurements for other sizes like length, weight or force. For religious reasons, our calendar can not be subject to a metric or rational system like these. The book points out the difficulties which oppose such a reform. It also however proves that a reform must and will come about.

The desirable objective would be a calendar which began each year with the same weekday. A condition for a calendar which is the same each year would however be that the date for Easter would also have to be established, the essential origins of which having a totally natural explanation.

Old and new reform attempts have been presented and explained equally. For the first time in the German translated protocol of the League of Nations and the United Nations in the 20th century, an insight has been given into the world-wide, much too little known efforts of the reformers.

From the abundance of the material which has been compiled and examined here, it has become clear that the calendar is much more than just an instrument with which to divide the year, that it is actually an important reflection of human culture.

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