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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C
It's the Weekend Baby

Welcome to your first weekend of FIVE in August

Yes, that does mean five weekends on one pay cheque.

THERE IS AN Internet legend on the go that we only get months with five weekends every 823 years.

And that, in China, they are seen as money-making opportunities and Feng Shui power times.

If true, that would make this month of August pretty rare.

But, we’re afraid, it is an easy myth to debunk.

Just look at this calendar from March last year.


Five weekends. Count them.

The pattern? If a 31-day month starts on a Friday, there will be five weekends. And that happens quite a bit.

The next one will be in May of 2015, according to

And Internet mythbuster David Emery has also written a warning about the multiple chain letters which get sent across the wires when a five-weekend month approaches.

A sample:

This is the only time you see this phenomenon in your life.August, 2014, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it ‘Silver Pockets full. “So: send this message to your friends and in four days the money will surprise you. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. Whoever does not transmit the message …. may find themselves clueless …. This is not fun at all …. 

So, although we won’t be making an extra money (in fact, we’ll have to make our pay cheque stretch over four weekends), we will have five glorious summer weekends to enjoy.

AND, this one is an extra-long one. Enjoy!

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What will you be doing for them? Let us know in the comments section. 

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