Last week, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah took place. Plenty of people who don’t observe the holiday have certainly heard of it, but may not know exactly what it is.
Simply put: it’s the Jewish New Year!
Wait, what? Isn’t New Year on January 1st?
Glad you..well..I, asked! Many different cultures have different calendars, and thus their New Year’s Day falls on different days and times of year.
So in the Jewish calendar, it’s now the year 5780.
The calendar that is most commonly used around the world is The Gregorian Calendar.
In this calendar, the year is currently 2019, with New Year’s Day being January 31st.
Another well-known example is the Chinese New Year. It’s celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar, generally between Jan 20 and Feb 20. Right now the year is 4717.
Other countries and cultures in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East celebrate the New Year on different days in accordance to their respective calendars too.
That being said, most of the world also works in conjunction with the Gregorian calendar, but hey, why not party like it’s 2019, 5780, AND 4717, right?!