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Calendars: Science in Context (Back Ground information) A calendar is a system for describing the passage of days, weeks, months, and years.

Calendars: Science in Context (Back Ground information)

Early peoples used the lunar month--the interval occupied by a complete sequence of phases of the moon--to measure time. Because a lunar month contains about 29 1/2 days, a lunar calendar of 12 months results in a 354-day year. This is about 11 days less than the solar year--the length of time it takes the earth to make one complete orbit around the sun--which is approximately 365 1/4 days. This discrepancy confounded calendar makers for thousands of years. Early Mesopotamian cultures used a lunar year to calculate time. Sometime between 4000 and 3000 BC, the Egyptians adopted a 365-day year, with 12 months of 30 days each plus five extra end-of-the-year feast days. The Chinese calendar, allegedly invented in 2637 BC by the legendary emperor Huangdi, contained 12 lunar months with the same seven-month, 19-year intercalation schedule.

The Earthian Calendar (Calendar comparison table) * There are a few advantages and disadvantages common to certain types of calendars, so in the interest of avoiding repeating myself I have listed them below instead of in the "Pros" and "Cons" columns: Pros: All solar calendars are synchronised with the seasonal cycle.

The Earthian Calendar (Calendar comparison table)

The Jewish Calendar. Rabbi with Arba'at Ha-Minim.

The Jewish Calendar

During the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, one fruit and branches from three plants are waved during a special ceremony that represents service to God. The current definition of the Jewish calendar is generally said to have been set down by the Sanhedrin president Hillel II in approximately C.E. 359. The original details of his calendar are, however, uncertain. The Jewish calendar is used for religious purposes by Jews all over the world, and it is the official calendar of Israel. The Jewish calendar is a combined solar/lunar calendar, in that it strives to have its years coincide with the tropical year and its months coincide with the synodic months. Lunisolar calendars use months to approximate the tropical year. What does a Jewish year look like? An ordinary (non-leap) year has 353, 354, or 355 days.

An ordinary year has 12 months, a leap year has 13 months. Every month starts (approximately) on the day of a new moon. The months and their lengths are: That depends. 2016 Jewish Festivals Calendar (printable pdf) The Islamic Calendar. The Kabba. Mecca, Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic tradition, the cube-shaped Kabba dates back to the time of Abraham. It is the most sacred Muslim site, and the location towards which all Muslims face during prayer. 2016 Islamic Festivals Calendar (printable pdf) Islamic Festivals Calendar and information. The Chinese Calendar. Chinese New Year Celebrations Chinese New Year parades have their origins in the California Gold Rush, when immigrants sought to share their culture.

The Chinese Calendar

Today, New Year’s parades take place around the globe. Traditional Chinese Holidays and Festivals: Customs, Calendar. Brief Introduction Characterized by diverse styles and themes, traditional Chinese festivals are an important part of the country's history and culture, both ancient and modern.

Traditional Chinese Holidays and Festivals: Customs, Calendar

A close relationship exists between many of the traditional festivals and chronology, mathematics, the Chinese Calendar and the twenty-four solar terms. Many of the customs connected with the traditional festivals have links with religious devotions, superstitions and myths. Chinese Calendar (Online Chinese / Gregorian Calendar) Calendar conversion. Calendar Converter. Welcome to Fourmilab's calendar converter!

Calendar Converter

This page allows you to interconvert dates in a variety of calendars, both civil and computer-related. All calculations are done in JavaScript executed in your own browser; complete source code is embedded in or linked to this page, and you're free to download these files to your own computer and use them even when not connected to the Internet. To use the page, your browser must support JavaScript and you must not have disabled execution of that language.

Let's see… If the box above says “Your browser supports JavaScript”, you're in business; simply enter a date in any of the boxes below and press the “Calculate” button to show that date in all of the other calendars. Gregorian-Lunar Calendar Conversion. Moon Information Resource And Guide.