CultureInfo.OptionalCalendars Property

Gets the list of calendars that can be used by the culture.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public virtual Calendar[] OptionalCalendars { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Globalization.Calendar[]
An array of type Calendar that represents the calendars that can be used by the culture represented by the current CultureInfo.

Your application changes the calendar used by the current CultureInfo by setting the Calendar property of DateTimeFormat, which is an instance of the DateTimeFormatInfo class. The new calendar must be one of the calendars listed in OptionalCalendars. DateTimeFormat also includes other properties that customize the date and time formatting associated with that Calendar.

The following code example demonstrates how to determine the GregorianCalendar versions supported by the culture.

using System;
using System.Globalization;


public class SamplesCultureInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Gets the calendars supported by the ar-SA culture.
      Calendar[] myOptCals = new CultureInfo("ar-SA").OptionalCalendars;

      // Checks which ones are GregorianCalendar then determines the GregorianCalendar version.
      Console.WriteLine( "The ar-SA culture supports the following calendars:" );
      foreach ( Calendar cal in myOptCals )  {
         if ( cal.GetType() == typeof( GregorianCalendar ) )  {
            GregorianCalendar myGreCal = (GregorianCalendar) cal;
            GregorianCalendarTypes calType = myGreCal.CalendarType;
            Console.WriteLine( "   {0} ({1})", cal, calType );
         }
         else  {
            Console.WriteLine( "   {0}", cal );
         }
      }

   }

}

/*
This code produces the following output.

The ar-SA culture supports the following calendars:
   System.Globalization.HijriCalendar
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (USEnglish)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (MiddleEastFrench)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (Arabic)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (Localized)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (TransliteratedFrench)

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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