Saturday, December 30, 2017

2018 Quarter Days Calendar

And on the sixth day of Christmas...

Ta da!
It's here. The 2018 Quarter Days Calendar.
Now in black & white so you can color it in yourself.
The full year, all four quarters on one poster, beginning with January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
All mistakes are my own. :)
Free for your personal use. Please do not sell or modify my work.

2018 Quarter Year Calendar click here to download the PDF.

What are the Quarter Days?
In the English agricultural/academic/economic calendar, the year was marked by four holidays, roughly all falling on the 25th of the month: Annunciation 3/25, St. John the Baptist Day 6/24, Michaelmas (St. Michael's Day) 9/29, and Christmas 12/25.

In the Scottish/Celtic calendar, the custom was to follow the "cross-quarter days" that fell somewhat equally between the quarter days, usually on the 1st of the month: St. Brigid's Day 2/1 or Candlemas 2/2, May Day 5/1, Lammas (a harvest thanksgiving feast, lammas is a contraction of "loaf mass") 8/1, All Saints' Day 11/1.

These Church holy days had been built on the best parts of what existed naturally in these cultures, the various pagan holidays that marked the natural seasons, solstices, and equinoxes of the year. When placed together on the circle of the liturgical calendar, insight into the nature of these holy days can be had,  such as the celebrations of the births of St. John the Baptist and Jesus being opposite from each other in the year. "He must increase, I must decrease," fits nicely with the natural year as well, as daylight increases (in the northern hemisphere) with Christ's birth following winter solstice and decreases after John's following the summer solstice. There are many such natural and spiritual connections, which help explain many of the regional customs to celebrate the holy days that sprang up over the centuries.

What does this Calendar include?

  • At the center is Christ in the Eucharist, the small white circle at the enter of our Sacramental lives. On it is written the year 2018.
  • This is divided into four quarters, the natural seasons of winter, spring, summer and winter.
  • Next, the months of the year.
  • The Sundays of the year are the next circle, these can be colored in the colors proper to each Sunday.
  • Outside that are the moveable feasts, saints days, fasting days, liturgical seasons and other observances of the year. Of these, I included the celebrations that are my personal favorites. There are many more which would never all fit on a calendar this size, but you can write in as many as you like. 
  • The outer corners are marked by the points of the compass rose, the leaves and arrows, the 8 holidays of the quarter and cross-quarter year. There is extra white space here for you to write in your loved ones' birthdays and other remembrances. 
  • The symbols in the corners are: top right, the Virgin & Child for the Presentation/Candlemas, bottom right, a family heraldic design including four leaves for my 4 children for May Day, at bottom left, a wayside shrine of Christ the teacher surrounded by wheat and flowers for Lammas, at top left, the star of Bethlehem surrounded by heavenly light, for All Saints and Christmas. 
My original drawing is about 15 inches square, but when you print it will turn out something like 8 inches. I have some examples of the colored version on my instagram @la_balbirona and I would love to see your finished versions as well! Use the hashtag #quarterdayscalendar if you post it there.  

Happy New Year!



  1. As a very new Anglican, I am enamoured with the church calendar. As a kiwi (from New Zealand) I am very familiar with things not fitting exactly right: Christmas in the summer, Easter in the Autumn, etc.

    It’s just that sometimes I question the wisdom of a calendar that (not intentionally) excludes all the believers in Africa, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere.

    The glorious good news seems to have crossed the Jew Greek barriers, Male Female divide, slave or free, and as long as you live north of the equator, it’s long and ritualed history is for you.

    I know the gospel includes us, even if church history forgets us.

    1. These are good and thoughtful comments. Sorry I am only reading them 3 years after they were written. I started working full time and only with the pandemic slowdown have I returned to the blog for a moment. I'm going keep thinking about this. What would a "decolonized" liturgical calendar look like? Is such a thing possible or desireable? Meanwhile, my hastily sketched 2021 calendar is in the newest post and has just the Sundays and months--no seasons. Maybe the coloring can reflect the colors of your part of the world in their proper warmth. It's thanksgiving day tomorrow in the US, so Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thank you, LeeAnn, for sharing your gorgeous work! I love your artistic interpretations of the Liturgical Calendar. I spread your blog on my blog and FB today, so don't be surprised by the extra (well-deserved) traffic.

    If I ever get my book done, maybe you could consider illustrating for it?

    1. Hi Jennifer! Hope you are well and happy thanksgiving!

  3. This is so pretty! I love your 2014 quarter calendars too!

    1. Thank you! There's a PDF of my 2021 calendar in a new post. Enjoy. Happy thanksgiving!

  4. Have you created or do you plan to create a 2020 or 2021 calendar? Are these for sale? They are beautiful!

    1. Thank you for giving me the little nudge I needed to pick this up again. A simple 2021 calendar, flaws and all, in available to download for free on a new post. Happy Thanksgiving!