Calendars from around the world

As it is coming up to the Christmas period, here at we have started to design and print our calendars for the coming year. These calendars are available to buy, but we also make sure to give them out to our clients for the start of every year, as a thank you for working with us, and how we hope to continue working with them into the future. In regards to our calendars, and the format of them, everybody knows what they look like. Here in the UK, and indeed around most of the world, we are used to using one type calendar, with this being the Gregorian Calendar. However, it isn’t the only one in existence, nor is it the only one used throughout the world. Within this article, we are going to take a look at some of the other calendars that are used around the world.

Hebrew Calendar

The Hebrew Calendar is also sometimes referred to as the Jewish Calendar and came into existence around 10 A.D. When it was first being used it used Lunar months. These are months that occur between every new moon and around roughly 29.5 days long. Due to this abnormality in the days, this calendar would add an extra month every 3 or 4 years, to make up the difference. However now they leave it down to math to make the difference up, but we aren’t entirely sure which one sounds easier to work out!

Buddhist Calendar

Based on an older version of the Hindu Calendar and used predominantly throughout Southeast Asia, we have the Buddhist Calendar. Within the Buddhist communities it is not used as their official calendar, however it is used to mark the dates of special festivals. The calendar itself uses the Sidereal Year format, which is the length of time it take for the earth to orbit around the sun. Because however, it includes a leap year, it means the calendar is not always in sync with this type of measurement, meaning it its off by another day every century.

Chinese Calendar

Like the Buddhist Calendar, the Chinese Calendar is not the official calendar of the country, as they use the Gregorian Calendar. This calendar is again used to mark and celebrate the days of important celebrations and festivals. Similarly to the Hebrew Calendar it is based on the lunisolar system, which means a month begins when the moon is a new moon. The beginning of the New Year is also marked by the position of the moon, occurring when it is halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, highlighting why China celebrated it’s New Year on 5th of February 2018.

Positivist Calendar

A Calendar with 13 months made up of 28 days, and also one extra festival day celebrating all the dead, to make up 365 days in the year. So quite different to the one that we know today, but also has its similarities. It was created by Auguste Comte in 1849. The last day that was included for the celebration fell outside the general days of the week cycle, which meant that the 1st of every month ended up being a Monday to accommodate for this. However, despite its quirks, it failed to take off.

We hope that by the end of this, you have a little bit of a better understanding of some of the other calendars from around the world, and also how they can be both similar and different to our own.

Here at, you don’t have to worry about any type of confusion, as we stick to the calendar that we all know how to use! And speaking of, as it is coming up to that time of year again when we all start replacing our old ones with new ones, perhaps you are in need of some? If so, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 028 9002 2474 or get us through email on our contact form. We would be more than happy to discuss your options for you, and get right down to printing your brand new 2019 calendars.