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Irony of the Maya and 2012

Updated on January 3, 2012
Mayan Calendar
Mayan Calendar | Source

The Calendar

The amount of time it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun is 365.2422 days.

At first most of the known world used a calendar that was introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. This calendar however did not make any compensation for the 0.2422 day each year.

To make allowances for these 0.2422 days each year, in 1582 Pope Gregory X111 introduced what is now known as the Gregorian calendar. To compensate for the extra time, this new calendar allowed for one extra day to the year, every four years, now known as a leap year.

The ancient Maya however were not party to this calendar, they had their own.

The Maya calendar was based on sevens and each calendar would follow a cycle taking three thousand odd years. The current Maya calendar is due to end on 21st December 2012.

Some have said that this signifies the end of the world and that the Maya predicted this as being the end of time. In reality you may just as well say that the 31st December of any year signifies the end of time, as that is the end of a calendar also.

Roman Calendar
Roman Calendar | Source

New Calendar

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland are advocating that we should now change the long standing Gregorian calendar with a new one.

Astrophysicist, Richard Henry and Economist, Steve Hanke admit that their new calendar would not be quite as accurate as the Gregorian one but would be a lot more convenient.

They claim that their calendar would mean that the same date would always occur on the same day every year. That means that if your birthday fell on a Saturday this year, it would every year. If Christmas fell on a Sunday this year, then every Christmas would be on a Sunday. They claim that this could save companies money as they could work out times for every year and that it would make it easier for workers and employers to regulate time off and holidays.

The new calendar however, would not have leap years. Instead to make up for the extra 0.2422 days there would be an extra week added every 5 to 6 years.


Not the First Time

The researchers are contemplating introducing the Henry-Hanke calendar to the United Nations for approval and use throughout the world.

This however is not the first time that a new calendar has been proposed. In the 1920’s a new calendar was put to a vote in the League of Nations. It is believed that that one was rejected because it did not allow for a Sabbath, which was not appreciated by the Christians.

This new calendar does allow for the Sabbath and as it is promoted to be able to make the calculation of interest rates easier, may get some heavyweight support.

Henry and Hanke believe that even allowing time for computers to be updated, this new calendar could be approved and in use for January 2013.

I find it somewhat ironic, that the ending of the Maya calendar may coincide with the ending of ours. Co-incidence or were the Maya really that good?


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      PenMePretty 6 years ago from Franklin

      Amazing!!! Voted up!

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      A new calendar huh? I too find the Maya and their calendar intriguing, but I wonder if all the end of the world hype associated with it is turning out to be a self fulfilling prophesy. Thanks for a really interesting read.

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      Very interesting, especially for me as I find the Maya fascinating.