2017 Has Ended But What Year Is It Now According To Different Calendars Around The World?

It’s still 2017, but as the year is running out, we have an important question to pose.

What year are we really in? Because time is subjective and measuring it has always been different depending on what culture or more specifically, what calendars you choose to look at. Which is exactly what we tried to do.

Please Note: We’ve tried to map out the year through various sources on the internet. Any errors aren’t intended to cause offence or to be disrespectful. 



The calendar was initially used in Armenia and signified the separation of the church from the Chalcedonian Churches. The calendar began in 552 AD and consists of 12 months with 30 days and five extra or superfluous days.



Used mainly in the countries of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, the Buddhist calendar is based on older versions of the Hindu calendar. Similar to other South Asian calendars, they follow an animal cyclical system.



The Chinese calendar s still used to regulate traditional activities in China. The current calendar is the result of years of changes and alterations with the government providing a standardized version in 1912.



Beginning in 56 BCE, the Vikram Samvat is named after King Vikramaditya. There are two separate versions of this calendar, one used in India and the other in Nepal.



Named after the Juche ideology of self-reliance is the official calendar of North Korea. The first year of this calendar began with the birth year of North Korean leader, Kim-Il Sung.

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The Hijri calendar is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months. The first ten years of the calendar were not numbered, they were demarcated using events from the prophet’s life.



The calendar is mainly used to correctly date traditional Jewish holidays as well as when portions of the Torah are to be read out in public. The calendar is also integrated with the Hebrew signs fo the zodiac.



The Japanese use both the Gregorian calendar as well as their own to demarcate the year of the reign of their current emperor. The Heisei period began when Emperor Akihito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in 1989 and will end when he is expected to abdicate in 2019.



The calendar began about 4750 years before the Gregorian calendar and is still used amongst many Assyrian communities.



The Bengali Era or Bengali Sambat started in approximately 593 CE. It is still used to map the dates of many Bengali festivals and an official revised version was adopted in Bangladesh in 1987.

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