Friday, December 31, 2010

And a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year - Yıl Başınız Kutlu Olsun - Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku -Bonne Année

Best wishes to you and yours for the coming year!

Much of the Arabic world follows the Hijri calendar. While the Gregorian calendar is based on the phases of the sun, the Muslim calendar, like the Jewish calendar, is based on the cycles moon. This end of the Gregorian year 2010 corresponds to Al Hijri 1432. The Hijri calendar only has 354-355 days, which moves holidays up and down the seasons. For example, Ramadan was in the middle of summer this year, while Lent is always in the spring.

Also, since Friday is the Muslim holy day, in the countries which follow Hijri most people work on Saturday and Sunday. So when I worked in Abu Dhabi, I had Thursday and Friday off. However, in Turkey, society follows the Gregorian calendar and work days. The change was part of the extensive reforms proposed by Ataturk and his Westernization of the country.

As for the Mayan calendar... I just hope it's wrong because I still have a book to publish!

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6 comments:

Jules said...

I have trouble remembering now what day it, thank heavens I've only had one calendar to deal with. Otherwise I'd be stuck in March of 1976 :)

A very Happy New Year to you and yours!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

MC Rogerson said...

Happy New Year!

Old Kitty said...

Gosh I also hope the Mayan doomsday date is wrong!! We got the Olympics here in 2012!! LOL!!

I do think these different calendars and dates are so amazing - there's so much interesting histories behind them too!

Have a brilliant New Year!!! All the very best for 2011!!! Take care x

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Fascinating post, as always! As for the Mayan prediction for 2012...I don't worry about it. I guess I subscribe to the school of thought that if the Mayans were such suburb prophets, why didn't they predict their own demise? *snort*

Happy New Year, Carolyn!!!!

The Golden Eagle said...

I hope you have a wonderful New Year! :)

LTM said...

LOL! Right--when is the Mayan end of days? I got the award and I can't remember...

Happy New Year, girl~ xoxo <3

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