Print the current month in calendar

Print the current month in calendar

LocalDate in use

A simple Java program to print out a calendar for the current month, and highlight the present date1.

import java.time.*;

public class Calendar {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        LocalDate date =;
        int month = date.getMonthValue();
        int today = date.getDayOfMonth();

        date = date.minusDays(today - 1); // set to start of month
        DayOfWeek weekday = date.getDayOfWeek();
        int value = weekday.getValue(); // 1 = Monday, . . . , 7 = Sunday

        System.out.println("Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun");
        for (int i = 1; i < value; i++)
            System.out.print("    ");
        while (date.getMonthValue() == month) {
            System.out.printf("%3d", date.getDayOfMonth());
            if (date.getDayOfMonth() == today)
                System.out.print(" ");
            date = date.plusDays(1);
            if (date.getDayOfWeek().getValue() == 1)
        if (date.getDayOfWeek().getValue() != 1)

A sample output looks like:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
          1   2   3   4   5 
  6*  7   8   9  10  11  12 
 13  14  15  16  17  18  19 
 20  21  22  23  24  25  26 
 27  28  29  30  31 

First, construct an object that is initialized with the current date: LocalDate date =

Then, set back to the first day of this month and get the weekday of that date:

date = date.minusDays(today - 1);
DayOfWeek weekday = date.getDayOfWeek();
int value = weekday.getValue();

The variable weekday is set to an object of type DayOfWeek. The getValue() method of this object return a numerical value for the weekday. This yields an integer that follows the international convention where the weekend comes at the end of the week. This value was used to indent the calendar with appropriate first day of the month.

Now, it’s ready to print the body of the calendar. Inside the while loop, print the date value and mark the current date with an *. Then, advance the date to the next day with date.plusDays(1). When the iteration reaches the beginning of a new week, format the calendar with new line.

To quit the while loop, just check it’s still in this month as the date start from the first day of this month. This make sure no matter how many days (31, 30, 29, or 28) within this month.

  1. Core Java Volume I (11th edition) - Cay S. Horstmann. 

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