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Many readers are especially interested in the way in which the Oramian and Kashiqi calendars are organised and in how they compare to our own. In many ways, they are similar, but they are divided up differently. The only difference between Oramia and Kashiq is in the three intercalary weeks which are celebrated differently.

Each week consists of seven days, as it does in our own world. Each of the seven days is associated with a colour and with a scent. The Temples keep close count of the days by ensuring that the Goddess is praised with the scented oils and coloured silks of that day; this is a valuable function in a world where time keeping with clocks is unheard of. If you'd like to know more about the colours and scents of the days, look here (Colours and days).

In Oramia and Kashiq, there are seven months, each of which comprises seven weeks. The months are named with the same names as the days of the week. So, for instance, Talla is told that she was born on the day of Flammeus in the month of Flammeus. This accounts for 49 of the 52 weeks of the year. The other three weeks, the intercalary weeks are celebrated in Oramia as the weeks of the Goddess, where special attention is given to the Goddess. In Kashiq, these weeks are also used in a similar way, but are given to each of the Gods of the Kashiqi pantheon, once every two years. That week is used to give honour to that God and to those who are guided by them.

As readers will have deduced, the calendars of Oramia and Kashiq are based around sevens, and there is a further measurement used in these lands, which is used to measure a span of seven years. This seven year span is known as an Age. It could, perhaps, be loosely compared to our own decades. It is believed that each person learns something new about themselves or learns a new skill or life lesson in each Age. There are three Ages of childhood; 0-7, 7-14 and 14-21. At the age of 21, in Oramia, a person achieves adulthood. There are then seven ages of adulthood which take one up to the age of 70. This is considered a great age in Oramia, and those who live older than this are kept within the final age known as the Age of Wisdom, for it is said that wisdom is not guided by time, but rather, guides time...

What do you think of the Oramian calendar? Would this system work well for you?

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