Calendar Property

DateTimeFormatInfo.Calendar Property


Gets or sets the calendar to use for the current culture.

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

public Calendar Calendar { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Globalization.Calendar

The calendar to use for the current culture. The default for InvariantInfo is a GregorianCalendar object.

Exception Condition

The property is being set to null.


The property is being set to a Calendar object that is not valid for the current culture.


The property is being set and the DateTimeFormatInfo object is read-only.

The Calendar property accepts only calendars that are valid for the culture that is associated with the DateTimeFormatInfo object. The CultureInfo.OptionalCalendars property specifies the calendars that can be used by a particular culture, and the CultureInfo.Calendar property specifies the default calendar for the culture.

Changing the value of this property affects the following properties as well: MonthNames, AbbreviatedMonthNames, DayNames, AbbreviatedDayNames, CalendarWeekRule, FirstDayOfWeek, FullDateTimePattern, LongDatePattern, ShortDatePattern, YearMonthPattern, and MonthDayPattern.

For example, if the culture of the current thread is Japanese, this property accepts JapaneseCalendar, LocalizedGregorianCalendar, or USEnglishGregorianCalendar. When the JapaneseCalendar is used, the default long date specifier is "gg y'\x5e74'M'\x6708'd'\x65e5'". When the LocalizedGregorianCalendar, is used, the default long date specifier is "yyyy'\x5e74'M'\x6708'd'\x65e5'".

The following example defines a ChangeCalendar method that changes a culture's current calendar to a specified calendar unless it is already the current calendar or if it is not supported by the culture. The code that calls the method instantiates a CultureInfo object that represents the Arabic (Egypt) culture and first attempts to change its calendar to the Japanese calendar. Because the Japanese calendar is not supported, the method makes not change the culture's calendar. However, because the Umm al-Qura calendar is a member of the CultureInfo.OptionalCalendars collection, the method does succeed in making it the current calendar for the ar-EG culture.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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