Calendar

Although many calendars exist among the peoples of the Inner Sea, the one in widest use employs Absalom Reckoning (ar) for all of its dates. This reckoning system is based on the foundation of Absalom (which occurred on 1 Abadius, 1 ar), and because of Absalom’s expansive influence, the city’s calendar has achieved great popularity throughout the region. In Absalom Reckoning, the day of the month is always given first, followed by the name or number of the month, with the year coming last.

Golarion spins on its axis roughly once every 24 hours. A week consists of 7 days, with 52 weeks per year. A year has 12 months, each of which corresponds to a popular deity and (roughly) to a single cycle of Golarion’s sole moon. In order to most accurately reflect reality, many calendars across Golarion add in leap days. In the Absalom Reckoning, the leap day is tacked on to the end of Calistril and occurs on every year divisible by 8. Thus, the current year (4711) is not a leap year, but 4704 was and 4712 will be.

Days of the week

The days of the week are as follows. Each day has a general purpose that most people in the Inner Sea region follow.

Days of the Week
Day
Moonday
Toilday
Wealday
Oathday
Fireday
Starday
Sunday
General Purpose
Work, religion [night]
Work
Work
Work, pacts signed, oaths sworn
Work
Work
Rest, religion

Months

The months in Golarion correspond to our own, with each new year starting shortly after the solstice. The name of each month is etymologically tied to a specific god: Abadar, Calistria, Pharasma, Gozreh, Desna, Sarenrae, Erastil, Aroden, Rovagug, Lamashtu, Nethys, and Zon-Kuthon. Natives of Golarion see the gods reflected in the changing of the seasons, and their names for the months reflect this. (Gozreh’s month, for instance, is a time of budding and new life, while Zon-Kuthon’s is seen as the death of the old year.) Holidays in a given month are generally tied to their patron deity. In order, the months are:

Months in the Year
Month
Abadius (ah-BAY-dee-us)
Calistril (KAHL-izz-trihl)
Pharast (fah-RAHST)
Gozran (GOHZ-ran)
Desnus (DEZ-nuhs)
Sarenith (sa-REHN-ihth)
Erastus (eh-RAS-tuhs)
Arodus (AIR-oh-duhs)
Rova (ROH-va)
Lamashan (lah-MAHSH-ahn)
Neth (NEHTH)
Kuthona (koo-THOH-nah)
Number/Days
31
28
31
30
31
30
31
31
30
31
30
31
Season
Winter
Winter
Spring
Spring
Spring
Summer
Summer
Summer
Fall
Fall
Fall
Winter
Equivalent
(January)
(February)
(March)
(April)
(May)
(June)
(July)
(August)
(September)
(October)
(November)
(December)

Calendar

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