Pluviôse (also "Pluviose") was the fifth
monthin the French Republican Calendar. The month was named after the Latinword "pluviosus", which means "rain".
Pluviôse was the second month of the winter quarter ("mois d'hiver"). It started between
January 20and January 22. It ended between February 18and February 20. It follows the Nivôseand precedes the Ventôse.
The new names for the calendar were suggested by
Fabre d'Églantineon October 24 1793. On November 24the National Conventionaccepted the names with minor changes. So it was decided to omit the circumflex("accent circonflexe") in the names of the winter monthes. So the month was named "Pluviose" instead of "Pluviôse". Historiographystill prefers the spelling"Pluviôse".
Day Name Table
Like all FRC months Pluviôse 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).
* [http://www.textesrares.com/revol/revo0ca2.jpgWinter Quarter of Year II (facsimile)]
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