Most of us are tied to our calendars. The march of time is constant. Often, we need to check our schedules before we can agree to any social situation that may arise. The calendars that we carry or that are on our phone hold the key to where we put one of our most valuable resources, our time. But have you ever wondered why the calendars we have are set up the way they are?
The calendar system that we use today is called the Gregorian calendar which takes into account history, astronomy and religion. It was implemented in 1582 by Pope Gregory the 13th. Why would the Pope care about the calendar? Because of Easter. Easter was supposed to be the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. But the date was getting later and later, and the Pope was concerned that the church was celebrating this critical date on the wrong date. Where many Catholic countries did adopt this change readily, many non-catholic countries did not. Russia did not approve it until 1917.
The reason that the Gregorian calendar is still being used today is how it incorporated the need for a leap day. The previous Julian calendar had a leap day every four years as well. But the Gregorian Calendar doesn’t have a leap year on years that are divisible by 100 or 400. That mathematical approach better fits the earth’s rotation around the sun.
Before the Julian Calendar standardized much of the way that we use a calendar, each society had their way of showing time. The Jewish people utilized a seven day week, while other societies had ten-day weeks. Before Julius Caesar, the Romans would change the lengths of months to help keep certain people in power for longer or shorter periods of time.
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