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Find Weekday using Zeller's Algorithm

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Monica Mona

Zeller’s Algorithm is used to find the weekday from a given date. The formula to find weekday using Zeller’s Algorithm is here:

The formula is containing some variables; They are:

d: The day of the date.

m: It is the month code. From March to December it is 3 to 12, for January it is 13, and for February it is 14. When we consider January or February, then given year will be decreased by 1.

y: Last two digits of the year

c: first two digits of the year

w: The weekday. When it is 0, it is Saturday, when it is 6, it means Friday

Input and Output

The day, month and the year: 4, 1, 1997
It was: Saturday


zellersAlgorithm(day, month, year)

Input: The date of the day.

Output: Which day it was, (Sunday to Saturday).

   if month > 2, then
      mon := month
      mon := 12 + month
      decrease year by 1
   y := last two digit of the year
   c := first two digit of the year
   w := day + floor((13*(mon+1))/5) + y + floor(y/4) + floor(c/4) + 5*c
   w := w mod 7
   return weekday[w] //weekday will hold days from Saturday to Friday

Source Code (C++)

using namespace std;

string weekday[7] = {"Saturday","Sunday","Monday","Tuesday","Wednesday","Thursday","Friday"};
string zellersAlgorithm(int day, int month, int year) {
   int mon;
   if(month > 2)
      mon = month;    //for march to december month code is same as month
   else {
      mon = (12+month);    //for Jan and Feb, month code will be 13 and 14
      year--; //decrease year for month Jan and Feb
   int y = year % 100;    //last two digit
   int c = year / 100;    //first two digit
   int w = (day + floor((13*(mon+1))/5) + y + floor(y/4) + floor(c/4) + (5*c));
   w = w % 7;
   return weekday[w];

int main() {
   int day, month, year;
   cout << "Enter Day: "; cin >>day;
   cout << "Enter Month: "; cin >>month;
   cout << "Enter Year: "; cin >>year;
   cout << "It was: " <<zellersAlgorithm(day, month, year);


Enter Day: 04
Enter Month: 01
Enter Year: 1997
It was: Saturday

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