We Are Celebrating 2018 But These Different Calendars Around The World Tell A Different Story


Calendars are the face of days, months and years. We follow calendars to understand the date and month and the year that we are currently in. As a global standard, the English calendar is followed and adhered to for all convenience.

But globally, there are numerous calendars based on the various cultures and religious beliefs. Many people tend to follow such calendars also. The various calendars that are followed, based on their current year, as per the available sources on the internet, are as mentioned :-

1466 Armenian Calendar –

This calendar was initially used in Armenia and this signified the separation of the churches from the Chalcedonian churches. The calendar began in 552 AD and consists of 30 days for 12 months and 5 extra or surplus days.

2561 Buddhist Calendar –

Mainly followed in countries that follow Buddhism, like Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, this calendar is based on the old version of the hindu calendar. Similar to other South Asian calendars, they follow an animal cyclical system.

4715 Chinese calendar –

China follows this calendar to regulate all their religious activities. The present calendar is the result of constant changes with the government providing a standardized version in 1912.

2073 Hindu Calendar –

Named after King Vikramaditya, the Vikram Samvat is followed in two versions in the countries of Nepal and India, which began in 56 BC.

106 JUCHE Calendar –

This is the official calendar of North Korea which has been named after the Juche ideology of self-reliance and this started with the birth year of the North Korean leader, Kim-II Sung.

1439 Islamic Calendar –

This calendar was initially un-numbered for 10 years with demarcations being made by using events from the life of the prophet. This is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months.

5778 Hebrew calendar –

This is mainly used to correctly date traditional Jewish holidays as well as when the portions of the Torah  (the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch)) . The calendar is also been integrated with the Hebrew signs for the zodiac.

Heisei 29 Japanese Calendar –

The calendar began when the Emperor Akihito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in 1989 and will end when he is expected to step down in 2019. The Japanese are said to use both the Gregorian calendar as well as this calendar.

6767 Assyrian calendar –

Still used in many Assyrian communities, this calendar began about 4750 years before the Gregorian calendar.

1424 Bengali Calendar –

The Bengali Sambat started in approximately 593 CE. It is still used to map most Bengali festivals. An official version was adopted in Bangladesh in 1987.

But the English Calendar is the one which is unanimously used across the globe !!

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