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NLS_CALENDAR

Property Description
Parameter type String
Syntax NLS_CALENDAR = "calendar_system"
Default value None
Modifiable ALTER SESSION
Range of values Any valid calendar format name
Basic No

NLS_CALENDAR specifies which calendar system Oracle uses. It can have one of the following values:

For example, suppose NLS_CALENDAR is set to "Japanese Imperial", the date format is "E YY-MM-DD". ("E" is the date format element for the abbreviated era name.) If the date is May 15, 1997, then the SYSDATE is displayed as follows:

SELECT SYSDATE FROM DUAL;
SYSDATE
--------
H 09-05-15

See Also:

Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide for a listing of available calendar systems