# 360-day calendar

The 360-day calendar is a method of measuring durations used in financial markets, in computer models, in ancient literature, and in prophetic literary genres.

It is based on merging the three major calendar systems into one complex clock, with the 360-day year derived from the average year of the lunar and the solar: (365.2425 (solar) + 354.3829 (lunar))/2 = 719.6254/2 = 359.8127 days, rounding to 360.

A 360-day year consists of 12 months of 30 days each, so to derive such a calendar from the standard Gregorian calendar, certain days are skipped.

For example, the 27th of June (Gregorian calendar) would be the 4th of July in the USA.

## Ancient Calendars

Ancient calendars around the world initially used a 360 day calendar. [1]

### Rome

Romans initially used a calendar which had 360 days, with varying length of months.[2][3]

### India

The Rig Veda describes a calendar with twelve months and 360 days.[4]

### Mesoamerica

In the Mayan Long Count Calendar, the equivalent of the year, the tun, was 360 days.[5]

### Egypt

Ancient Egyptians also used a 360 day calendar. One myth tells of how the extra 5 days were added.

A long time ago, Ra, who was god of the sun, ruled the earth. During this time, he heard of a prophecy that Nut, the sky goddess, would give birth to a son who would depose him. Therefore Re cast a spell to the effect that Nut could not give birth on any day of the year, which was then itself composed of precisely 360 days. To help Nut to counter this spell, the wisdom god Thoth devised a plan.

Thoth went to the moon god Khonsu and asked that he play a game known as Senet, requesting that they play for the very light of the moon itself. Feeling confident that he would win, Khonsu agreed. However, in the course of playing he lost the game several times in succession, such that Thoth ended up winning from the moon a substantial measure of its light, equal to about five days.

With this in hand, Thoth then took this extra time, and gave it to Nut. In doing so this had the effect of increasing the earth’s number of days per year, allowing Nut to give birth to a succession of children; one upon each of the extra 5 days that were added to the original 360. And as for the moon, losing its light had quite an effect upon it, for it became weaker and smaller in the sky. Being forced to hide itself periodically to recuperate; it could only show itself fully for a short period of time before having to disappear to regain its strength.

## Financial use

A duration is calculated as an integral number of days between startdate and enddate B. The difference in years, months and days are usually calculated separately:

${\displaystyle duration(A,B)=(B_{y}-A_{y})\times 360+(B_{m}-A_{m})\times 30+(B_{d}-A_{d});A\leq B}$

There are several methods commonly available which differ in the way that they handle the cases where the months are not 30 days long, i.e. how they adjust dates:

European method (30E/360)[8][9][10][11][12]
If either date A or B falls on the 31st of the month, that date will be changed to the 30th.
Where date B falls on the last day of February, the actual date B will be used.
All months are considered to last 30 days and hence a full year has 360 days, but another source says that February has its actual number of days.
US/NASD method (30US/360)[13]
If both date A and B fall on the last day of February, then date B will be changed to the 30th.
If date A falls on the 31st of a month or last day of February, then date A will be changed to the 30th.
If date A falls on the 30th of a month after applying (2) above and date B falls on the 31st of a month, then date B will be changed to the 30th.
All months are considered to last 30 days and hence a full year has 360 days.
ISDA method[14][10][11][12]
If date A falls on the 31st of a month, then date A will be changed to the 30th.
If date A falls on the 30th of the month after applying the rule above, and date B falls on the 31st of the month, then date B will be changed to the 30th.
All months are considered to last 30 days except February which has its actual length. Any full year, however, always counts for 360 days.
BMA/PSA method[10][11][12]
If date A falls on the 31st of a month or last day of February, then date A will be changed to the 30th.
If date A falls on the 30th of the month after applying the rule above, and date B falls on the 31st of the month, then date B will be changed to the 30th.
All months are considered to last 30 days and hence a full year has 360 days.
Alternative European method (30E+/360)[10][12]
If date A falls on the 31st of a month, then date A will be changed to the 30th.
If date B falls on the 31st of a month, then date B will be changed to the 1st of the following month.
Where date B falls on the last day of February, the actual date B will be used.
All months are considered to last 30 days and hence a full year has 360 days.
360-day calendar implementation in spreadsheet functions
Package Function Variant
Microsoft Excel and StarOffice/OpenOffice/LibreOffice DAYS360 NASD, but not SIA-compliant[15][16][17]
European
YEARFRAC NASD and European
SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services Days360
Mathworks Financial Toolbox days360 US/NASD
days360e European
days360isda ISDA
days360psa PSA
Gnumeric DAYS360
Apple Numbers DAYS360 NASD and European
YEARFRAC NASD and European

## References

1. ^ "An Original 360-Day Year". 360dayyear.com. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
2. ^ Stern, Sacha (2012). Calendars in Antiquity: Empires, States, and Societies. Oxford University Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-19-958944-9.
3. ^ Plutarch. "Life of Numa". The University of Chicago.
4. ^ B.G., Sidharth (1999). The Celestial Key to the Vedas. p. 86. ISBN 9780892817535.
5. ^ "Maya Calendar Converter". Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
6. ^ "Earth's Original 360-Day Year and Calendar". 360dayyear.com. 2015. Archived from the original on 2021-12-22. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
7. ^ "An 'Ideal' Earth Year of 360 Days?". Keith Hunter, Ancient World Mysteries. 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
8. ^ ISMA book “Bond Markets: Structures and Yield Calculations”, ISBN 1-901912-02-7, and ISMA’s Circular 14 of 1997
9. ^ 2006 ISDA Definitions, Sec. 4.16 (g)
10. ^ a b c d
11. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-03-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
12. ^ a b c d Accrual & Discounting Conventions
13. ^ Standard Securities Calculation Methods, Fixed Income Securities Formulas for Price, Yield, and Accrued Interest: Volume 1, 1993, Jan Mayle, New York, NY: Securities Industry Association, ISBN 1882936019
14. ^ 2006 ISDA Definitions, Sec. 4.16 (f)
15. ^ See Microsoft Kb Article 916004. This bug is present in Excel versions 97 through 2007. This can be demonstrated by evaluating DAYS360(DATE(2006,2,28), DATE(2007,2,28)); here years starting and ending on the last day in February only have 358 days.
16. ^ Open Office is also not SIA-compliant, to maintain Excel compatibilitySee Issue 84934 — ODFF: DAYS360 compliance
17. ^ OpenOffice Documentation