Moveable Feast Day Calendar for Sweden
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Many times in the Swedish Church Records, a minister recorded the date of an event according to the liturgical year (the church year) rather than the Julian or Gregorian date that we would recognize. There are two categories of feast days, fixed and moveable. Fixed feast days occur on the same date each year and do not vary. An example of a fixed feast day is Christmas which always occurs on December 25 every year with no exceptions. Easter is, however, an example of a moveable feast day because Easter occurs on a different date each year.
- The Swedish government began using the Gregorian calendar on February 18, 1753. Prior to that, they used the Julian calendar.
- Between February 29, 1700 (Julian) and February 29, 1712 (Julian), the Swedish government used its own "Swedish Calendar". As part of the transition from the Swedish Calendar back to the Julian calendar in 1712, the month of February in 1712 has 30 days.
To convert a Moveable Feast Date that you see in a record to a modern calendar date choose the year that you are working in from the following table: