September 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Happy New Year to you, everyone! Yes, we are still here! Doomsday has doomed itself!
Two-thousand-thirteen. Twenty-thirteen. Two-OH-Thirteen. It does not matter how we say it, but as long as we say it with our own style, respectively. The end of the year tend to be the time of gathering and reflection--as for me, it always happen at different times of the year. I have always felt that the beginning of the spring should be the new year, the Spring Equinox in celebration the spring of new life or the Fall Equinox, the time of harvest and feast and "new school year". The "new" year applies differently to everyone through the phases of their lives. I have always bend my mind to the farthest and deepest corners of my mind to clear away the cobwebs, just to see how much it can be stretched.
Gregorian Calendar is quite interesting for me according to its history and its purpose. It began in 1582 by Pope Gregory VIII with the influences of Julian Calendar that follows the equinoxes. Gregorian Calendar became widely adapted over the centuries. Although, there are several different kind of calendars--who says we must abide by one way? The date of December 12, 2012 is not the last time. The Ethiopian Calendar, the new year is end of August which falls on Gregorian Calendar on September 11th. My mind boggles a little. It will be 2006 in Ethiopian Calendar, yet still have 06/06/06, 07/07/07, and so on all over again. Their first month starts on August. It would be January 6, 2006 to have 06/06/06, which occurs on June 2013? There are also The Mayan Calendar, The Egyptian Calendar, The Julian Calendar, The Roman Calendar, Ancient Israel, The Chinese Calendar, The Ramadan Calendar, and many more. Are we truly fixated to the Gregorian Calendar forever? Should we? It only existed since 1582, I wonder if these years we had learned were erroneous? There are only two reasons for the calendar are the agriculture and religious purpose. The abbreviation of B.C. and A.D. is Before Christ and Anno Domini, some would say After Death. During the B.C., they do not write "BC" on their Calendar years. They write "CE", Common Era. BCE, Before Christian Era.
By the way, this February 24, 2013 will be 431st year ever since it was introduced. (https://www.stanford.edu/group/ic/cgi-bin/drupal2/node/1309)
I wonder when the calendar years were counting down to zero. Did anyone freaked out for the possible acyploayse during the time? Maybe only certain group of people who follows the type of calendar. Most of the years and date were being estimated. I saw the rumors through the web searches and researches, that Jesus was actually born few years earlier before the year of "0", he was born around 4 BC. Fascinating, yes?
The oldest calendar is The Holocene Calendar, the year of 12013. Twelve-thousand-thirteen! The youngest calendar is The Juche Calendar, the year of 102.
I am looking forward to the entire new year with so many chapters up ahead. I wish you all the very best to live each day with fulfilled purposes.
This photo is from Gallaudet University's Homecoming Doomsday Bash 2012! I had a blast and this photo is one of my favorite. Doomday-ish look. Have a great year, everyone!
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