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SILVER POCKETS FULL (The 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays of August 2014)


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This is the only time you will see this phenomenon in your lifetime.

Calendar August 2014

August, this year, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it ‘Silver Pockets Full.’


10 Responses to “SILVER POCKETS FULL (The 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays of August 2014)”

  1. Edward C. Says:

    This is a hoax. While the calendar shown for August 2014 is correct, August has this pattern far more often than “once every 823 years.” In fact, this will be the third time in the still-young 21st century that August has looked like this. It happened in 2003 and 2008, and will happen again in 2025.

  2. Al Says:

    Dear Edward C.: I can only thank you for taking time to expose this viral hoax. May our exchange help spread the word. Al Young

  3. Bill L Says:

    In any year (not a leap year) where January 1st falls on a Wednesday, then August will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays – just like this year. In a leap year where January 1st falls on a Tuesday, the set of five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August will also occur. Check out 2003, 2008, 2014, 2025, 2031, 2036… the list goes on.

    Remember, there are only 7 days in the week, and January 1st must fall on one of them!!

  4. Paul Says:

    It’s still a fun statistic…;-)

  5. Al Says:


  6. Jack Says:

    Let’s say, this is a real ‘canular’. Any month having 31 days has 3 days having 5 weeks (4 times 7) plus 3 equals 31. Mandatory these days are the 29/30 and 31. So the problem is to see when the 31 of August is a Sunday. From 1904 to 2025 (122 years) I counted 17. So an avarage of 122 divided by 17 equals 7.18 years.

  7. Steve Says:

    … There are two identical moon phases in the month with 5 weekends in August. I see the 5 pattern frequently, but I think this is more about measuring the harvest time and moon phases or something like that … but as a student of Chinese language for a few years now, I’ve never heard of this. In our class we celebrate every Chinese holiday and every possible Chinese event. I will ask our teacher at the next class if she ever heard of it, but I agree that it is probably a hoax.

  8. Lonnie McIntyre Says:

    Dear Edward C., It is stated this is the only time you will see Friday, Saturday and Sunday having 5 days each during the month of August. You made mention it happened in 2003 & 2008. There are 3 days which do have 5 days each in August of those two years however not Friday, Saturday & Sunday. In saying that you however are correct about 2025 as August does have 5 days each for Friday, Saturday & Sunday.



  9. Craig Williamson Says:

    Yes, but there is a more analytical approach. First, any 31 day month that begins on a Friday will have 5 full weekends. There are only 14 annual calendars: one for each day of the week that new years day falls for a standard, 365 day year, that’s 7; and one for each day of the week that new years day falls for a leap year, 366 day, that’s another 7 – total 14. No other possibilities exist.
    When the new year begins on a Wednesday, August 1 will be on Friday for regular years but the year must begin of Tuesday in a leap year for August 1 to be Friday.
    Since there are 52 weeks and one day in a standard year, new years day will advance by one day of the week for the next year. New years 2015 will be on Thursday and 2016 on Friday, but 2017 will be on Sunday ( extra day skipped). Thus one can simply go forward through the years to see which standard years will begin on Wednesday or which leap year will begin on Tuesday. The same analysis can be made for the other 7 months having 31 days.

  10. Al Says:

    Dear Craig Williamson,

    How can I and others not appreciate your analytical break-down of all of these five-weekend months?

    We thank you,

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