Get ready for the new year with a 2018 Calendar. In every household, a calendar can be seen hanging on the walls, or simply beside a living room clock. On the office tables, calendars are essential for scheduling weekly meetings, conferences and conventions. Even in our personal belongings, be it a journal or a diary, the dates and months of each year are organized for us to plan things ahead of time. High technology gadgets such as laptops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones have a calendar as one of their default applications. A calendar is an important part of everyday life but the awareness of its history is often passive. Now, let’s take a look at a glimpse of its whereabouts and significance and give thanks to the ancient minds that developed the calendar that made it possible for the organization of our lives.
A brief description of a calendar is a tool or method of arranging days for the purpose of organizing events. The calendar system was discovered during the ancient era.
During 8000 B.C., the Lunar Calendar of Aberdeenshire of Scotland was formed and is believed to be the oldest calendar ever created. The world ‘calendar’ derived from the Latin word ‘kalendae’ with its old meaning ‘the first day in every month’. Each civilization developed their own form of a calendar by counting the days through the appearance of dusk and dawn and then creating a device to calculate days into weeks and months to form an entire year.
The Gregorian calendar: This is the standard system that is currently in use around the world. It was introduced during 1582 in honor of the late Pope Gregory XIII. Also known as the ‘Christian’ and ‘Western’ calendar, it is a revamp of the prior Julian calendar primarily for adding Easter during the spring equinox. The use of this type of calendar began specifically on the 24th of February, 1582. The Gregorian calendar consists of 12 months, 365 ¼ days and a leap year that occurs every 4 years, adding a day to the month of February. This still holds true for the 2017 calendar.
The Islamic calendar: Known also as the ‘Hijiri’ and ‘Muslim’ calendar have 12 months with 354 or 355 days. Aside from the international standard of the Gregorian system, Muslims around the world own an Islamic calendar in observance of their tradition. The events accounted in Muslim history are recorded with the use of their own calendar method. The first year of this calendar is about the journey of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina is listed as ‘Hijira’.
The Hindu calendar: This type of calendar is considered to be one of the most ancient calendars ever recorded in history. Widely used in India, the names of the months are derived from Sanskrit. It consists of 360 days, but repeating a single month to get aligned with the solar calendar to complete a certain cycle. The spelling and pronunciation of each month varies depending on the region that is using it. A standard lunar calendar in Hindu form is used by the government officials while the public uses the Vikrami lunar calendar; for religious and celebrations according to their customs and traditions. Also, the Hindu calendar is the official calendar used in Nepal.
The Julian calendar: Introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. and serving as a reconstructed form of the Roman calendar. It was widely used the in the entire Roman Empire, consisting of 12 months and 365.25 days. The difference between the Julian and the Roman calendar is less than 1% and barely noticeable.
The Roman calendar: From its name, it was created to determine the erection of Rome and vanish of the Roman Empire and was believed to have been from the original lunar calendar based from the Greek Lunar calendar. Mentioned above however, the previous Roman calendar has a total of 365.2425 days.
Other forms of calendar (2017) are as follows: The Hebrew and Chinese calendar are often using in observance of their religion’s customs. The Persian or Iranian calendar, Ethiopian, Oromo, Somali, Thai and Buddhist calendar are other forms that have been used in their respective country or religious rites.
The Fiscal calendar: This calendar is mainly used for economical purposes. It systematized the taxation, budgets and accounts of government offices. The beginning and ending of a fiscal year depends on each country. The fiscal calendar holds a significant part in every nation to determine its progress.
There are other forms of 2017 calendars; existing or ceased that are listed in every nation and its history. But so far, the Gregorian is the most popular.
Nowadays, a physical calendar is present almost everywhere. With the use of paper as its primary holder, the list of the days and months can be visibly seen. In this way, planning and organizing events, personal or business, is made possible and easy to remember. Holidays are determined by which date the event falls on, calendars help remember the historical value of the said period of time.
In observance of the most remarkable parts in the human race, dating is important. Calendars are also used to determine a discovery of existence during the ancient era; discovered by archaeologists and explorers, with the power of Carbon Dating.
Meanwhile, a 2017 calendar plays a significant part in one’s life. A person knows the year of their existence by tracing their birthday. It is a wide tradition to celebrate one’s life, also known as a Birthday. Anniversaries, special occasions in the family, holidays and social events can also be determined with the use of a calendar.
Conclusively, the use of a 2017 calendar is highly effective and adopted from the ancient civilizations. Even though the world changes and is still a work of progress, plans can be easily listed as short or long-term depending on the vision. With the use of a calendar, one can visually track it and place a plan into actions.
Free Downloadable 2017 calendar available below…