The month and day names were created by poet Fabre D' Eglantine
. Each season had the same suffix : -aire for fall
, -ose for the winter
, -al for spring
and -or for summer
(because of the gold color of the sun ?). Month prefix reflected the climatic / agricultural spirit of the month, probably to exhalt the agricultural identity of France.
Vendémiaire (from vendanges - vintage
Brumaire (from Brume - fog
Nivôse (from the latin for snow
Pluviôse (from pluvieux - rainy)
Ventôse (from venteux - windy)
Floréal (from flowers
Prairial (from prairie
Messidor (from moisson - harvest
Thermidor (for thermos -heat)
Fructidor (from fruits
The saints of every day (like St-Glinglin, St-Jean etc) were also replaced by farm things, like carrot, straw etc.
The officials shot in their own feet
from the beginning, allowing their administration employees to take off every sunday, only a few years after introduction.