History of the calendar

28th November 2016 in Just for fun

History of the calendar

History of the calendar

history of the calendar

David Ball – www.davidball.net

As we’re nearing the end of November companies and charities are looking to buy promotional calendars to give to their clients and customers. So we’ll have a quick look at the history of the calendar.

Printed calendars are still seen in every office in the country. You will find them on desks and walls even though the number of digital devices in the workplace is increasing.

They are effective marketing products and one of the most customisable products we offer. So, we’re going to take a quick look at the history of the promotional calendar. Calendars are methods for keeping track of days and longer periods of time and they have very ancient roots.

The calendar developed in many ways across the globe, so this will be a hand-picked plotted history of the calendar.

Prehistoric history of the calendar

There are several prehistoric structures that are likely to have kept track of time. This includes megalithic structures, going as far back as the Neolithic period. Perhaps the most famous megalithic structure in the UK is Stonehenge.

The world’s oldest known calendar was found in Aberdeenshire. The calendar consists of an arrangement of twelve pits and an arc which dates to 10,000 years ago. These formations of stones and pits are a long way from the calendars we have today.

History of the calendar – Antiquity

history of the calendar

The month of May

As previously mentioned, the calendar developed in different ways across the world. The Chinese calendars developed from a 10 month – 36-day calendar to a calendar which started to follow the moon.

The Greeks developed a 354-day a year calendar which consisted of 12 months, something extremely similar to what we have today.

The old Roman year had 304 days divided into 10 months. They realised that the current system wasn’t working so two extra months were invented – Ianuarius and Februarius. Starting to sound a little familiar, right?

The seven-day week has tradition taking back to Ancient Near East but the introduction of the planetary week we have now dates to the Roman Empire.

History of the calendar – Middle ages

After the birth of Christ European countries relied on local systems to count years, with the Roman system still in use. They introduced Anno Domini creating the BC and AD era separators we use today.

The Roman calendar system, the Julian calendar, was developed and refined and in 1582 the Gregorian calendar was introduced. This is where we get today’s calendar from.

History of the calendar – Modern Calendars

Since the Gregorian calendar was introduced it has been used worldwide. Other calendars remain in use for religious or social purposes including the Islamic calendar and Hindu calendar.

New religious movements have tried to usher in a calendar reform but the system we know and love has persevered.

We’ve come to the end of our quick look through the history of the calendar. They’re an interesting item which has developed in many ways to get to where we are today.

If you would like to promote your business using these historic products, let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help you out. Give us a call on 0116 3660052 or you could also head to our homepage to begin your search.

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