Saturday, 3 January 2009

A Happy 2552 to All

A safe, happy and peaceful new year to all our readers. Believe it or not not everyone counts the years from when Jesus of Nazareth was thought to have been born. It always used to be that in western countries the date was suffixed with A.D. or Anno Domini meaning "in the year of our Lord". Obviously in these politically correct times that had to be changed to something apparently more inclusive, so now we have C.E. or "common era". In a world connected by the needs of modern commerce a "common" standard is useful and with the legacy of European, and thus Christian, colonisation of much of that world that standard is the Christian calendar.

There are a lot of alternative calendars around, for Muslims the current Islamic Year is 1430 A.H. anno Hegirae (in the year of the Hijra).

For Buddhists there are a number of different calendars but the most common gives the year as 2552 B.E. or Buddhist Era dated from the Buddha's death.

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