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Gregorian Calendar (Western Calendar)

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About Gregorian Calendar: The Gregorian calendar was a reform of the Julian calendar. It was instituted by papal bull Inter gravissimas dated 24 February 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar is named. The motivation for the adjustment was to bring the date for the celebration of Easter to the time of year in which it was celebrated when it was introduced by the early Church. The error in the Julian calendar (its assumption that there are exactly 365.25 days in a year) had led to the date of the equinox according to the calendar drifting from the observed reality, and thus an error had been introduced into the calculation of the date of Easter. Although a recommendation of the First Council of Nicaea in 325 specified that all Christians should celebrate Easter on the same day, it took almost five centuries before virtually all Christians achieved that objective by adopting the rules of the Church of Alexandria

6 Things You May Not Know About the Gregorian Calendar:

  • The original goal of the Gregorian calendar was to change the date of Easter.
  • Leap years don’t really occur every four years in the Gregorian calendar.
  • The Gregorian calendar differs from the solar year by 26 seconds per year.
  • Some Protestants viewed the Gregorian calendar as a Catholic plot.
  • Britain’s adoption of the Gregorian calendar sparked riots and protest—maybe.
  • Before the Gregorian calendar’s adoption, the English new year began on March 25, or Lady Day.

Gregorian Calendar / Western Calendar


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