Most Of The World Uses The Gregorian Calendar Today. Before The Gregorian Calendar, What Did We All Use? 7 January 2022 – Posted in: General

Calendars are an integral part of what keeps society running smoothly. Can you imagine if people come and go as they please? No way of tracking anything. It’d be absolute chaos don’t you agree?

What is the Gregorian Calendar?

What is the Gregorian calendar?

The Gregorian calendar which is what most of the world uses today was invented and introduced into society by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. It was perceived as a tool to spread Catholicism with the additional fact that Pope Gregory wanted to celebrate Easter more accurately. 

Some (Pentecostal) countries resisted for a good while. For example, Germany didn’t start using the Gregorian calendar until 1610 while the UK and the US held out until 1752. Greece and Turkey didn’t follow suit until the 1920s.

What was used before the Gregorian calendar?

The Julian calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC. It did not reflect  the actual time it takes the Earth to circle once around the Sun. Get this, the Julius calendar was off by about 11 minutes. It ran for 365.25 days. Meanwhile, it takes the Earth 365.2422 days to revolve around the sun. So what we had was a difference of 11 minutes. So over time, these 11 minutes difference added up and every 400 years, the calendar would go out of alignment by three days. Let’s just say over the years, the three days added up. 

Where are we now as a people?

Well, we use the Gregorian calendar. 12 months make up the year. January is the first month of the year. Of the 12 months, 7 have 31 days, 4 have 30 days and February has 28 days or 29 days if it is a leap year.

Till next time, stay safe and stay out of trouble, my darlings.