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''This article is about the counting and naming of years and days on Discworld. For calendar books like the {{AGD}} see [[Bibliography#Diaries|Bibliography]], for the commercial items see [[Discworld Calendars]].''
{{hatnote|This article is about the counting and naming of years and days on Discworld. For the calendar-like-books, like ''Diaries'', see [[Bibliography#Diaries|Bibliography]]. For the commercial wall-calendars, see [[Discworld Calendars]].}}


==General==
==General==
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==Years and centuries==
==Years and centuries==
Centuries and years are named. We are currently in the Century of the Anchovy ({{CJ}}). It was preceded by the Century of the Fruitbat ({{MP}}) and even earlier by the Century of the Three Lice, and the [[Djelibeybi|Century of the Cobra]] ({{SG}}).
Centuries and years are named. We are currently in the Century of the Anchovy ({{CJ}}). It was preceded by the Century of the Fruitbat ({{MP}}) and even earlier by the [[Century of the Three Lice]], and the [[Djelibeybi|Century of the Cobra]] ({{SG}}).
 
In [[Feet of Clay]] it is posed by [[Doc Pseudopolis]], President of the Guild of Gamblers that the next century would not be the [[Century of the Anchovy]] but instead the [[Century of the Rat]]. This is met with no protest by the Guild leaders but is not mentioned again in the Discworld Novels.
 
* The [[Century of the Summer Weevil]] (mentioned in {{UA}})
* The [[Century of the Dragonfly]] (mentioned in {{RM}})
* The [[Century of the Three Lice]] (mentioned in {{RM}})
* The [[Century of the Cobra]] (mentioned in {{P}})
* The [[Century of the Fruitbat]] (mentioned in {{RM}}, {{MAA}}, {{MP}}, {{SG}}, {{LL}}, {{CJ}}, {{T5E}}, {{TT}}, {{SM}}, {{P}})
* The [[Century of the Anchovy]] (mentioned in {{GP}} & {{MM}})
* The [[Century of the Rat]] (mentioned in {{MAA}})


== Notable past years==
== Notable past years==
* The [[Kreeblephor|Year of the Lenient Vegetable]] - in which Bishop [[Kreeblephor]] converted a demon to the [[Om]]nian faith.
* The [[Year of the Significant Triangle]] (Birth year of [[Windle Poons]])
* The [[Year of the Astounded Beetle]]‎
* The [[Year of the Engaging Sloth]]
* The [[Year of the Hyena]] (events of {{S}})
* The [[Year of the Notional Serpent]]
* The [[Year of the Insulted Goat]] (mentioned in {{M!!!}})
* The [[Year of the Dancing Dog]] (1961 mentioned by Dibbler in {{NW}})
* The [[Year of the Prawn]] (Common Year 2005; Scholar's Year 1657)
* The [[Cabbage|Year of the Pensive Frog]]
* The Year of the Trout (mentioned in {{CJ}})
* The [[Year of the Revolving Crab]] (mentioned in {{WA}})
* The Year of the Sideways Leech (mentioned in {{H}})
* The Year of the Talking Frog (mentioned in {{H}})
* The [[Year of the Ant]] (mentioned in {{TT}})
* The [[Year of the Amending Camel]] (mentioned in {{TT}})
* The [[Year of the Translated Rat]] (mentioned in {{TT}})
* The [[Year of the Lice]] (mentioned in {{T!}})
* The [[Year of the Quiet Monkey]] (mentioned in {{T!}})
* The [[Year of the Pensive Hare]] - the events of {{UA}} take place shortly after the New Year celebrations which usher in this year. Also Common Year 2009 (see below).
* The [[Year of the Stoat]] (mentioned in {{SN}})
* The [[Year of the Intimidating Porpoise]] (mentioned in ''[[Reaper Man]]'')
* The [[Ee|Year of the Scrofulous Vole]]. (mentioned in {{CDA}})
* The Century of the Cheesemite (mentioned in Turtle Recall The Discworld Companion)
== Roundworld Common Years ==
Since 2005 each Roundworld year (aka Common Year, for the Common Era) as been given a Discworld year name. Most of these do not appear in the books.


*The [[Kreeblephor|Year of the Lenient Vegetable]] - in which Bishop [[Kreeblephor]] converted a demon to the [[Om]]nian faith;
* The [[Year of the Prawn]] (Common Year 2005; Scholar's Year 1657)
*The [[Year of the Pensive Hare]] - the events of {{UA}} take place shortly after the New Year celebrations which usher in this year.
* The Year of the Signifying Frog (Common Year 2006)
* The [[Year of the Astounded Beetle]] ‎;
* The Year of the Reversed Ptarmigan (Common Year 2007)
* The [[Year of the Engaging Sloth]] ;
* The Year of the Three Roses (Common Year 2008)  
* The Year of the Hyena (mentioned in {{S}})
* The Year of the Pensive Hare (Common Year 2009)
* The [[Year of the Notional Serpent]] ‎;
* The Year of the Happy Goose (Common Year 2010)
* The Year of the Prawn (Common Year 2005; Scholar's Year 1657) ;
* The Year of the Complicated Monkey (Common Year 2011)
* The [[Cabbage|Year of the Pensive Frog]] ;
* The Year of the Second Inception (Common Year 2012)
* The Year of the Reversed Ptarmigan (Common Year 2007) ;
* The Year of the Frog Ascendant (Common Year 2013)
* The Year of the Revolving Crab (mentioned in {{WA}} ;
* The Year of the Reciprocating Llama (Common Year 2014)
* The Year of the Sideways Leech (mentioned in {{H}}) ;
* The Year of the Spinning Mouse (Common Year 2015)
* The Year of the Spinning Mouse (Common Year 2015) ;
* The Year of the Talking Frog (mentioned in {{H}}) ;
* The [[Year of the Sneezing Panda]] (Common Year 2016)
* The [[Year of the Sneezing Panda]] (Common Year 2016)
* The Year of the Intimidating Porpoise (mentionned in Reaper Man)
* The Year of the [[Backwards-Facing Artichoke]] (Common Year 2017)
* The Year of the Justifiably Defensive Lobster (Common Year 2018)
* The Year of the Incontrovertible Skunk (Common Year 2019)
* The Year of the Condescending Carp (Common Year 2020)
* The  Year of the Beleaguered Badger (Common Year 2021)
 


==Months Of The Discworld Year==
==Months Of The Discworld Year==
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* [[Hogswatch]] Eve, the end of the old common year.
* [[Hogswatch]] Eve, the end of the old common year.
* [[Hogswatch]]Day (first of Ick, start of the new common year)
* [[Hogswatch]] Day (first of Ick, start of the new common year)
* [[Soul Cake Tuesday]]
* [[Soul Cake Tuesday]]
* Day of the Lesser Gods (?same as below?)
* Day of the Lesser Gods (?same as below?)
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* Koom Valley Day (5th of Grune)
* Koom Valley Day (5th of Grune)
* [[Crueltide]], half-year point (end of first half-year, start of next)
* [[Crueltide]], half-year point (end of first half-year, start of next)
* [[Alls Fallow]], 3/4 point of 800-day year, the one day when witches and warlocks stay in bed (parodying {{wp|Halloween|Halloween}}), though in [[Wyrd Sisters]], [[Esmerelda Weatherwax]] suggests that [[Hogswatch]] is the one day witches shouldn't go out, though this may only apply to Mistress Weatherwax, since her arrival may cause people to feel wary rather than jolly.
* [[Alls Fallow]], 3/4 point of 800-day year, the one day when witches and warlocks stay in bed (parodying {{wp|Halloween|Halloween}}), though in ''[[Wyrd Sisters]]'', [[Esmerelda Weatherwax]] suggests that [[Hogswatch]] is the one day witches shouldn't go out, though this may only apply to Mistress Weatherwax, since her arrival may cause people to feel wary rather than jolly.


== Seasons ==
== Seasons ==


* Spring Prime, first spring
* Spring Prime, first spring
* Summer : mid-point ''Small Gods' Eve''
* Summer: mid-point ''Small Gods' Eve''
* Autumn Prime, first autumn
* Autumn Prime, first autumn
* Winter Secundus aka Spindlewinter : Mid-point ''Crueltide''
* Winter Secundus aka Spindlewinter: Mid-point ''Crueltide''
* Secundus Spring
* Secundus Spring
* Summer Two : mid-point ''All's Fallow''
* Summer Two: mid-point ''All's Fallow''
* Secundus Autumn
* Secundus Autumn
* Backspindlewinter : mid-point ''Hogswatch''
* Backspindlewinter: mid-point ''Hogswatch''


Discworld seasons are 'explained' in one of four paragraphs in the footnote on page 5 of ''The Colour of Magic''.  It is written:
Discworld seasons are 'explained' in one of four paragraphs in the footnote on page 5 of ''The Colour of Magic''.  It is written:
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The Discworld zodiac consists of 64 (8*8) constellations, nebulae or individual stars grouped in thirteen ''Houses''. There may be other constellations that are not part of the zodiac, but it's possible that the Discworld's unusual revolution means that the Discworld sun and/or moon enters all constellations at least once (the "zodiac" is a list of constellations in which the sun or moon [or planets, but there don't seem to be any around Discworld] can be found at some point in time). [[Roundworld]] has 88 constellations (1 of them non-contiguous), 12 of which are in the zodiac (a 13th constellation is also technically in the zodiac, but is not recognized as part of the zodiac). According to research wizard "Numbers" [[Riktor]], who meticulously counted them, there are, or were at the time of counting, 49,873 visible stars in the Discworld heavens. Which is ample raw material for the cosmic Rorschach test that creates constellations.
The Discworld zodiac consists of 64 (8*8) constellations, nebulae or individual stars grouped in thirteen ''Houses''. There may be other constellations that are not part of the zodiac, but it's possible that the Discworld's unusual revolution means that the Discworld sun and/or moon enters all constellations at least once (the "zodiac" is a list of constellations in which the sun or moon [or planets, but there don't seem to be any around Discworld] can be found at some point in time). [[Roundworld]] has 88 constellations (1 of them non-contiguous), 12 of which are in the zodiac (a 13th constellation is also technically in the zodiac, but is not recognized as part of the zodiac). According to research wizard "Numbers" [[Riktor]], who meticulously counted them, there are, or were at the time of counting, 49,873 visible stars in the Discworld heavens. Which is ample raw material for the cosmic Rorschach test that creates constellations.


===The Houses of the Zodiac and their 64 Elements :===
===The Houses of the Zodiac and their 64 Elements:===
:as described by the well-known mages and scholars Pratchett of Sarum and Pearson of Wincanton  
:as described by the well-known mages and scholars Pratchett of Sarum and Pearson of Wincanton  


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**The Perhaps Gate
**The Perhaps Gate
**Scarab's Claw
**Scarab's Claw
**Mubbo the Hyena
**[[Mubbo the Hyena]]


*'''The Third House''' - The House of the Bull
*'''The Third House''' - The House of the Bull
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**The Bull
**The Bull
**Hast's Trumpet
**Hast's Trumpet
**Cubal's Flame
**[[Cubal's Flame]]
**The Void
**The Void


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**[[Khefin|Khefin's Eye 2]]
**[[Khefin|Khefin's Eye 2]]
**[[Khefin|Khefin's Eye 3]]
**[[Khefin|Khefin's Eye 3]]
*[[Khefin|Khefin's Eye 4]]
**[[Khefin|Khefin's Eye 4]]


*'''The Tenth House''' - The House of Trabnor
*'''The Tenth House''' - The House of Trabnor

Revision as of 08:11, 21 June 2021

This article is about the counting and naming of years and days on Discworld. For the calendar-like-books, like Diaries, see Bibliography. For the commercial wall-calendars, see Discworld Calendars.

General

A Discworld celestial year has 800 days and because of some interesting astronomical facts two of each seasons (two summers, two winters, etc.). This leads to the fact that many people actually do not count the astronomical years, but the half-years with 400 days, often refered to as "common years". The half-year has 13 months, listed below. Each month except Ick has 32 days, Ick has 16 days. Each week has eight days. The eighth day of each week is called Octeday.

There are two main calendars in use on Discworld. The Ankh-Morpork Calendar counts full years and starts at the founding of Ankh-Morpork, the University Calendar starts at the founding of Unseen University (in 1282 AM) and counts in half-years. Oddly enough, while the Imperial Ankh-Morpork calendar offers intellectual purity and mathematical elegance, the general populace tends to use the Weird, Wild, Wacky Wizards' calendar, which happens to correspond to the growing season.

Years and centuries

Centuries and years are named. We are currently in the Century of the Anchovy (Carpe Jugulum). It was preceded by the Century of the Fruitbat (Moving Pictures) and even earlier by the Century of the Three Lice, and the Century of the Cobra (Small Gods).

In Feet of Clay it is posed by Doc Pseudopolis, President of the Guild of Gamblers that the next century would not be the Century of the Anchovy but instead the Century of the Rat. This is met with no protest by the Guild leaders but is not mentioned again in the Discworld Novels.

Notable past years

Roundworld Common Years

Since 2005 each Roundworld year (aka Common Year, for the Common Era) as been given a Discworld year name. Most of these do not appear in the books.

  • The Year of the Prawn (Common Year 2005; Scholar's Year 1657)
  • The Year of the Signifying Frog (Common Year 2006)
  • The Year of the Reversed Ptarmigan (Common Year 2007)
  • The Year of the Three Roses (Common Year 2008)
  • The Year of the Pensive Hare (Common Year 2009)
  • The Year of the Happy Goose (Common Year 2010)
  • The Year of the Complicated Monkey (Common Year 2011)
  • The Year of the Second Inception (Common Year 2012)
  • The Year of the Frog Ascendant (Common Year 2013)
  • The Year of the Reciprocating Llama (Common Year 2014)
  • The Year of the Spinning Mouse (Common Year 2015)
  • The Year of the Sneezing Panda (Common Year 2016)
  • The Year of the Backwards-Facing Artichoke (Common Year 2017)
  • The Year of the Justifiably Defensive Lobster (Common Year 2018)
  • The Year of the Incontrovertible Skunk (Common Year 2019)
  • The Year of the Condescending Carp (Common Year 2020)
  • The Year of the Beleaguered Badger (Common Year 2021)


Months Of The Discworld Year

Or rather, of the Discworld's half-year. The Celebrated Discworld Almanak clarifies previously opaque or puzzling aspects of the calendar. Quote: This be for the Common Year, that being the four hundred days that measure the Season from Winter's Edge until the snows come again, and the Hogswatch is celebrated. All Celestial measurements, Observations and notations of Stars, houses of the firmament, and other divers heavenly bodies are taken on the Full Celestial year, of eight hundred days, which emcompasses two common years...

The year commences on Hogswatch Day and ends on the following Hogswatch Eve.

Special holidays

  • Hogswatch Eve, the end of the old common year.
  • Hogswatch Day (first of Ick, start of the new common year)
  • Soul Cake Tuesday
  • Day of the Lesser Gods (?same as below?)
  • Eve of Small Gods, first midsummer day
  • Samedi Nuit Mort (celebrated in Genua)
  • Creator's Birthday (28th of April)
  • Wear a lilac if you were there day (25th of May)
  • Koom Valley Day (5th of Grune)
  • Crueltide, half-year point (end of first half-year, start of next)
  • Alls Fallow, 3/4 point of 800-day year, the one day when witches and warlocks stay in bed (parodying Halloween), though in Wyrd Sisters, Esmerelda Weatherwax suggests that Hogswatch is the one day witches shouldn't go out, though this may only apply to Mistress Weatherwax, since her arrival may cause people to feel wary rather than jolly.

Seasons

  • Spring Prime, first spring
  • Summer: mid-point Small Gods' Eve
  • Autumn Prime, first autumn
  • Winter Secundus aka Spindlewinter: Mid-point Crueltide
  • Secundus Spring
  • Summer Two: mid-point All's Fallow
  • Secundus Autumn
  • Backspindlewinter: mid-point Hogswatch

Discworld seasons are 'explained' in one of four paragraphs in the footnote on page 5 of The Colour of Magic. It is written:

"Since the disc's tiny orbiting sunlet maintains a fixed orbit while the majestic disc turns slowly beneath it, it will be readily deduced that a disc year consists of not four but eight seasons. The summers are those times when the sun rises or sets at the nearest point on the Rim, the winters those occasions when it rises or sets at a point around ninety degrees along the circumference."

Zodiac

The Discworld zodiac consists of 64 (8*8) constellations, nebulae or individual stars grouped in thirteen Houses. There may be other constellations that are not part of the zodiac, but it's possible that the Discworld's unusual revolution means that the Discworld sun and/or moon enters all constellations at least once (the "zodiac" is a list of constellations in which the sun or moon [or planets, but there don't seem to be any around Discworld] can be found at some point in time). Roundworld has 88 constellations (1 of them non-contiguous), 12 of which are in the zodiac (a 13th constellation is also technically in the zodiac, but is not recognized as part of the zodiac). According to research wizard "Numbers" Riktor, who meticulously counted them, there are, or were at the time of counting, 49,873 visible stars in the Discworld heavens. Which is ample raw material for the cosmic Rorschach test that creates constellations.

The Houses of the Zodiac and their 64 Elements:

as described by the well-known mages and scholars Pratchett of Sarum and Pearson of Wincanton
  • The First House - The House of Io
    • The Eye of Io
    • The Crab
    • The Cow of Heaven
    • The (Knotted) String
    • The Celestial Parsnip
  • The Third House - The House of the Bull
  • The Fourth House - The House of Melok
    • Melok
    • Old Toesy
    • Vut the Evenstar
    • Mr Williams
    • Occasional Paddles
  • The Sixth House - The House of the Plow
    • Pashmina
    • The Flying Moose
    • The Pitcher (or Bucket)
    • Plough Handle
    • Okjock the Salesman
  • The Seventh House - The House of the Star
    • The Faint Star Major
    • The Faint Star Minor
    • The Little Turtle
    • The Flagon
    • Ket's Knife
  • The Next House - The House of Woldar
    • Woldar
    • Evar's Footprint
    • The Ram's Horn
    • Two Rivers
    • Young Faithful
  • The Tenth House - The House of Trabnor
    • Trabnor
    • The Lanthorn
    • The Wicket
    • Turnip's Tail
    • The Snipe
  • The Eleventh House - The House of the Horse
    • Teg the Horse
    • The Miller's Pocket
    • Astoria's Flame
    • The Cradle
    • The Sleeping Dog
  • The Twelfth House - The House of Fore and Aft
    • Young Harry
    • Forward
    • Aft
    • Vut's Candle
    • Silur the Catfish

Annotations

  • Wezen the Doubleheaded Kangaroo: the first constellation (interesting because the wizards don't seem to recognize a kangaroo when they see it in The Last Continent-- perhaps because it was flattened and had only one head? Although in fairness you couldn't recognize anything else from it's constellation either, and it's never really obvious what is mythical and what isn't!)
  • The Two Fat Cousins: possible reference to Tweedledee and Tweedledum?
  • The Flying Moose: possible reference to Rocky The Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle J Moose
  • The Small Boring Group of Faint Stars: Rincewind's birth sign, usually not a wizard's sign. Was much brighter thousands of years ago when the Disc was closer to it (according to The Last Continent), so it's not clear why the ancients called it "faint"; perhaps they knew the Disc would move away from it long-term?
  • The Knotted String: possible pun on "I'm a frayed knot" jokes
  • Gahoolie the Vase of Tulips: the last constellation (now if we could only find that whale)
  • the Triangle, mentioned in The Last Continent, possibly not part of the zodiac

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