Reading a Calendar

Reading a Calendar
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Steven: Dad, we are going to Central Park for a picnic.

Dad: When will you go there?

Steven: I don't know. I read about the event in my school calendar.

Dad: Let me see. It is scheduled for March 3rd.

Steven: How do you know, dad?

Dad: By reading the calendar.

steven looking at the calendar with his father

Do you also want to learn how to read a calendar to keep a track of the dates?

So let's get started to learn in detail about reading a calendar, months, leap year, week, time and, days of week with the simulations, the solved examples, and the interactive questions on this page.

Lesson Plan

What Is a Calendar?

A calendar is a chart or series of pages that shows the days, weeks, and months of a particular year.

A normal year of 365 days or a leap year of 366 days is divided into 12 months.

names of months

Further, the 7 days are organized as a week, and there are 10080 minutes in a week.
How many hours in a week?
There are 168 hours in a week.

Observe the days of the week shown in the image.

days of the week

We use a calendar to keep a record of important events such as festivals, anniversaries, etc., in the form of dates.
The format of a date is like this.


DD denotes the days of the month. It can be 01-31 in two digits.

MM denotes the months of the year. It can be 1-12 in two digits.

number classification of months

YY denotes the last two digits of a year.
Minutes in a week.
For the year 2020, it would be 20 and for the year 2021, it would be 21

Leap Year Finder

How To Read A Calendar?

Suppose you want to know the day on which Christmas fell in the year 2019?
First, we need to open the calendar for the year 2019.

calendar 2019

Now, open the December page.

Calendar of decamber

Mark December 25
Following the column upwards we can see that Christmas was on Wednesday.

important notes to remember
Important Notes
  1. A normal year is equal to the time taken by Earth to complete one orbit around the Sun.

    Numerically, it is equal to 365 days and 6 hours.
  2. In the period of 4 years, 6 hours becomes 24 hours = 1 extra day.
  3. This extra day added to the calendar once every four years to form a leap year of 366 days.

Solved Examples

Example 1


The Spiderman cartoon web series is scheduled to be broadcast on November 7 and will be shown for 15 days. On which day will it end?

November calendar


We will start by encircling November 7 and count it as the first day of the broadcast of the web series.

Now, start marking and counting until you reach the 15th day from November 7

The series will end on the 15th day.

day counting and marking

We reached November 21, and it's a Monday.

Hence, the spiderman web series will end on Monday.
Example 2



Flash, who stays in Europe, takes 5 complete days to reach Australia. If he begins his journey on May 25, on which day will he reach Australia?

May calendar


We will encircle on May 25. The first day of his journey will be complete on May 26, the second day will get over on May 27 and we continue further to count the days.

Counting the days in a similar manner, we will reach the 5th day of his journey, which is May 30

may calendar

Once we reach May 30, we find that it is a Sunday.

Hence, Flash would reach Australia on May 30
Challenge your math skills
Challenging Question

If January 1, is Sunday, then what day it will be December 31? 
(Hint: See the calendar of 2017)

Interactive Questions

Here are a few activities for you to practice. Select/Type your answer and click the "Check Answer" button to see the result.



Let's Summarize

The mini-lesson targeted the fascinating concept of reading a calendar. We hope you enjoyed learning about the calendar, reading a calendar, months, leap year, week, and, days of the week with the simulation and practice questions. Now, reading a calendar is no more difficult for you. a week.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the meaning of Calendar?                       

 A calendar is a chart or series of pages that shows the days, weeks, and months of a particular year.

2. How many days are there in a year?

There are 365 days in a normal year and 366 days in a leap year.

3. Which is the first calendar in history?

The Sumerian calendar dated back to the bronze age is the oldest calendar.

4. What is the day on 4th July,2021?

July 4,2021 is a Sunday.

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