Frimaire

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Frimaire (French pronunciation: ​[fʁimɛʁ]) was the third month in the French Republican Calendar. The month was named after the French word frimas, which means frost.

Frimaire was the third month of the autumn quarter (mois d'automne). It started between November 21 and November 23. It ended between December 20 and December 22. It follows the Brumaire and precedes the Nivôse.


3 Frimaire III
 
Primidi
Duodi
Tridi
Quartidi
Quintidi
Sextidi
Septidi
Octidi
Nonidi
Décadi
décade 7
1 Friday
21 November 1794
2 Saturday
22 November 1794
3 Sunday
23 November 1794
4 Monday
24 November 1794
5 Tuesday
25 November 1794
6 Wednesday
26 November 1794
7 Thursday
27 November 1794
8 Friday
28 November 1794
9 Saturday
29 November 1794
10 Sunday
30 November 1794
décade 8
11 Monday
1 December 1794
12 Tuesday
2 December 1794
13 Wednesday
3 December 1794
14 Thursday
4 December 1794
15 Friday
5 December 1794
16 Saturday
6 December 1794
17 Sunday
7 December 1794
18 Monday
8 December 1794
19 Tuesday
9 December 1794
20 Wednesday
10 December 1794
décade 9
21 Thursday
11 December 1794
22 Friday
12 December 1794
23 Saturday
13 December 1794
24 Sunday
14 December 1794
25 Monday
15 December 1794
26 Tuesday
16 December 1794
27 Wednesday
17 December 1794
28 Thursday
18 December 1794
29 Friday
19 December 1794
30 Saturday
20 December 1794
10 h
5:04:97
Frimaire
12:07:10
24 h


Day name table[edit]

Like all FRC months, Frimaire lasted 30 days and was divided into three 10-day weeks called décades (decades). Every day had the name of an agricultural plant, except the 5th (Quintidi) and 10th day (Decadi) of every decade, which had the name of a domestic animal (Quintidi) or an agricultural tool (Decadi).

Other exceptions are the 8th day (Honey) and the 11th day (Wax). The original proposal of Fabre d'Églantine was Epicéa (Spruce) for the 8th and Thuya (White Cedar) for the 11th, but the National Convention shifted Honey and Wax from Nivôse to Frimaire thus foiling the original intention.

1re Décade 2e Décade 3e Décade
Primidi 1. Raiponce (Rampion) 11. Cire (Wax) 21. Érable sucre (Silver Maple)
Duodi 2. Turneps (Turnip) 12. Raifort (Horseradish) 22. Bruyère (Heather)
Tridi 3. Chicorée (Chicory) 13. Cèdre (Cedar) 23. Roseau (Reed)
Quartidi 4. Nèfle (Medlar) 14. Sapin (Fir) 24. Oseille (Sorrel)
Quintidi 5. Cochon (Pig) 15. Chevreuil (Roe) 25. Grillon (Cricket)
Sextidi 6. Mâche (Corn Salad) 16. Ajonc (Gorse) 26. Pignon (Pinenut)
Septidi 7. Chou-fleur (Cauliflower) 17. Cyprès (Cypress) 27. Liège (Cork Oak)
Octidi 8. Miel (Honey) 18. Lierre (Ivy) 28. Truffe (Truffle)
Nonidi 9. Genièvre (Juniper) 19. Sabine (Savin Juniper) 29. Olive (Olive)
Decadi 10. Pioche (Pick) 20. Hoyau (Axe) 30. Pelle (Shovel)

Conversion table[edit]

Table for conversion between Republican and
Gregorian Calendar for the month Frimaire
I. II. III. V. VI. VII.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
November December
1792 1793 1794 1796 1797 1798
IV. VIII. IX. X. XI. XIII. XIV.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
November December
1795 1799 1800 1801 1802 1804 1805
XII.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
November December
1803

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