What A Coincidence!

The calendars of 1947 and 2014 are the same!
Even the phases of the moon are the same!

Just think about it.

In 1947, India gained independence from foreign rule after 1000 years – between the first Muslim raids across the Indus river to the last British troops ceremonially marching out from the Gateway of India in what was Bombay. An historic political upsurge!

67 years later, in 2014, India is on the verge of another political upsurge: a general election which could see the end of a long-standing party’s government and possibly replaced by another.

This is a rare occurrence in the history of calendars which spans several thousand years. Calendar systems were developed in many early civilizations,. For example, in Sumer, the birthplace of the modern sexagesimal system, there were 12 months of 29 or 30 days apiece, much like the modern Gregorian calendar.

Roman cultures also developed their own intricate calendars; the ancient Mayans of South America had two separate years—the 260-day Sacred Round, and the 365-day Vague Year.

Classical Greek and Roman cultures also developed calendars; the ancient Athenians, for one, had a lunisolar calendar that lasted 364 days, with an intercalary month added every other year. The Romans used two different year lengths; the older one had 304 days divided into 10 months; the newer 365 days divided into 12 months; very much like the modern calendar. They counted years from the founding of Rome, or, sometimes, from the reign of the current consul.

The oldest known calendar is a Lunar Calendar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which was constructed around 8,000 BCE.


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