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A calendar day is any day of the year, including holidays and weekends.

The concept of a calendar day is widely used in Law. Knowing it and differentiating it from others such as the concept of business day or working day is essential to carry out the appropriate procedures and avoid situations that nobody wants. It could happen to us, for example, that we have a court order to make a payment to a creditor in 30 calendar days. Failure to do so would have legal consequences.

Although in some cases exceeding the deadline may have minor consequences or simply have no consequences, in other cases it does. Therefore, it is always advisable to meet deadlines and be aware of possible penalties.

If the year is a leap year (February has 29 days), then the year instead of 365 days will have 366 days.

Calendar day, business day and business day

The calendar day differs from the business day and the business day as follows:

  • Business day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
  • Calendar day: any day of the week. In this case, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are also taken into account when calculating.
  • Business day: It is a concept equivalent to a business day, although it may vary depending on the sector.

With this in mind, we must clarify that the inclusion or not of certain days in the previous concepts will depend on the country. For example, in Spain, non-business days are considered Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, as well as December 24 (Christmas Eve), December 31 (New Year's Eve). Likewise, although the concept of a working day is usually equivalent to a working day, depending on the sector in which one works, Saturday could be considered as a working day.

Example of deadline with calendar days

Today is Wednesday and after a long judicial process, they tell us that we have an obligation to pay compensation. The writing in question states that we must make the payment within 30 calendar days.

In this case, it does not matter if they are Saturdays, Sundays or holidays, every day counts. We must count 30 days in the calendar to check on which day the deadline for making the payment ends.

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