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New Year's Day is currently January 1, a week after Christmas Day and about a week and a half after winter begins. But in the future, date of the New Year shall change to March 1.

Benefits[]

New Year should be the arising event, meaning the beginning of a new, better part of the year, like the arrival of spring that signals the impending warm weather and bloom after cold, often boring winter. If New Year begins three weeks before the arrival of spring, then New Year would be a arising event, but it would be even more arising if New Year begins with the beginning of spring. So I would have spring began about 2nd or 3rd day of the year.

Preparation[]

A year before the year that begins on March 1, the preceding year will last 14 months, two months longer than usual. 2215 will be the first year in which it begins on March 1, so 2214 will last 14 months or 443 days, 78 days longer than a common year. So it means that each of the two extra months will last 39 days, instead of usual 30-31 days. Since it will technically be a second January and February in a year, the two extra months will receive virtual names: Vishnuary (after Vishnu, the Hindu god of maintenance of the universe) and Cupruary (after Cupid, the Roman god of love).

Effects[]

Beginning in 2215, the year will begin in March and end in February, and the ordinals of every month will downgrade by two. It will be the first time that a year begins in March since the Romans added January and February. For example, months named after numbers, September through December, will be in line with the ordinals after the change. September through December will then be the seventh through tenth months of the year.

This also means that a leap year is the year before a year divisible by 4 or 400 (but not by just 100).

Time change that begins the day[]

I also propose that a new day shall begin around dawn instead of middle of the night as it currently is. This plan will also be implemented on New Year's day of 2215. For a change, New Year's Eve 2214 (which would be on Cupruary 28) will last 30 hours, six hours longer than usual, 24-hour day. On Cupruary 28, 2214, AM and PM will have 15 hours, and midnight will be 15:00 AM while noon will be 15:00 PM, which will be just over two hours till nightfall. The reason about this change is the same basic reason for New Year date change is that dawn is the arising event, analogous to the arrival of spring. Starting on New Year's Day, there will be new terms for the daily halves: AM (ante-meridiem) and PM (post-meridiem) will be replaced with DT (Daytime) and NT (Nighttime). Following this change, twilight periods will be around 12 or 1, instead of around 6 or 7 as it currently is.

Around the equinoxes, sunup will occur around 12 DT and sundown around 12 NT. But during the longest days of the year, daylight can last from around 10 NT till around 2 NT for those living in mid-latitudes. During the shortest days of the year, daylight can only last from around 1 DT till around 11 DT for those living in mid-latitudes.

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