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The calendar of the discordians has 5 seasons, of 73 days each. Each week has 5 days. There are 5 Apostle holydays and 5 Season holydays, one per season. St. Tib's Day occurs once every 4 years.

Happily January 1 is the same day as Chaos 1, so one can easily map Julian dates to discordian dates. (1991 Julian = 3157 Discordian, the next St. Tibs Day is in 3158)

Principia Discordia, 5th Edition
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Jack Black's note: I'm just going to give you the low down on this, the Everything2 setup does not lend itself well to this subject.

PERPETUAL DATE CONVERTER FROM GREGORIAN TO POEE CALENDAR

Seasons
  1. Chaos - Patron Apostle Hung Mung
  2. Discord - Patron Apostle Dr. Van Van Mojo
  3. Confusion - Patron Apostle Sri Syadasti
  4. Bureaucracy - Patron Apostle Zarathud
  5. The Aftermath - Patron Apostle The Elder Malaclypse
Days of the Week*
  1. Sweetmorn
  2. Boomtime
  3. Pungenday
  4. Prickle-Prickle
  5. Setting Orange
(* The days of the week are named from the five Basic Elements: sweet, boom, pungent, prickle, and orange)

HOLYDAYS

  1. APOSTLE HOLYDAYS
    1. Mungday
    2. Mojoday
    3. Syaday
    4. Zaraday
    5. Maladay
    Each occurs on the 5th day of the Season
  2. SEASON HOLYDAYS
    1. Chaoflux
    2. Discoflux
    3. Confuflux
    4. Bureflux
    5. Afflux
    Each occurs on the 50th day of each Season
  3. ST. TIB'S DAY - occurs once every 4 years (1+4=5) and is inserted between the 59th and 60th days of the Season of Chaos.

Today is Pungenday, the 10th day of Discord in the Year of our Lady of Discord 3186

 

People occasionally ask me about my religious beliefs, and in the list that I trot out is Discordianism. I've often said that if someone put a gun to my head and said "pick a religion", it'd be Judaism, because everything's laid out right there in writing for all to see. But in the background, in my hidden heart, I'd be Discordian. It's partly my anarchistic tendencies, partly for the culture jamming that goes along with Operation Mindfuck, possibly just my bloody-minded contrarianism. So I'm a Discordian socialist anarcho-syndicalist, Taoist-Buddist Jew (in other words, a Buddhist Taoist anarchistic socialistic Jewboy).

One of the sillier things I have on my computer is a little command line toy called ddate, which gives me the Date. Being the silly geek that I am, it's also displayed prominently on my desktop (which for added Geek Points, is of course Linux). It makes me happy for a wide variety of reasons.

The fact that I've the Discordian date visible on my computer rather than the Jewish one tells me which is uppermost. It's a reminder to me that I tend to take myself too seriously. It's the reason I've come back to E2, as well. This place is still for me a surreal Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, an odd mix of opinions, journals, poetry and fact that is how I imagine the world's blog would look like.

Then there's the odd way that time works for me now. Years flee behind me like rats down a drainpipe, but each day is long and rich and turgid with possibility, and having an odd calendar also calls that to mind. Time is telescoping as I grow older, but when I was a child, time crawled by; summers were years long. I suspect that this is the Universe, toying with me. Possibly Eris herself, Goddess of Discord, plays this game with us mere humans.

I recall a poem I read as a child that encompassed the passing of time with time, in an anthology of children's verse.

When as a child I laughed and wept,
Time crept.
When as a youth I waxed more bold,
Time strolled.
When I became a full grown man,
Time ran.
When older still I daily grew,
Time flew.
Soon I shall find, in passing on,
Time gone.
O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then?
Amen.
  —Henry Twells

Somewhere in storage I still have that book; one day I will despair of not having it in hand, and dig it out. But today is not that day. Today is for the golden apple that is the sun, and throwing myself headlong into country life.

Hail, Eris!

 

Damnit, turgid is such a great word.

Post scriptum I should add a detail to clarify chaosdiscord's comment in the first writeup here: Saint Tibs' Day is an intercalary day added in the standard leap year; in other words, it's the 29th of February.

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