It is a new year. At least by the Gregorian calendar it is. The calendar we use is named after Pope Gregory XIII who introduced it 1582. It replaced the less accurate Julian calendar. The Gregorian calendar is accurate relative to the length of a solar year, but boring. Most of the months are named after mythical gods or Latin numbers.
In China, 2013 is the year of the snake. The Chinese calendar is way more interesting than ours. It’s filled with creatures and complex explanations of the attributes of months, years, signs, etc. Chinese New Year falls on February 10th this year, so I guess it’s not quite the year of the snake yet. It is still the year of the dragon. I was born in the year of the dragon, tempered by the element of wood. You can do a search on that to find out how that makes me special. :-) I was not only born in the year of the dragon, I am a Capricorn. A woman I worked with once (many years ago) who was from Thailand, told me that in her country, in the time I was born, I probably would have been killed because I was girl born under two very powerful signs. She said that in her culture, there was too much power in that combination for a woman. I’m glad I was born in America.
2013 AD (or CE, you pick) correlates with the Jewish years 5770-5771. Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish new year. This year the celebration will start on September 4th. By far I like the history of the Jewish calendar the most. It started on the 6th day of creation, the day that Adam and Eve were created. I can’t hazard a guess as to how much time transpired prior to the day of the creation of man or to how old the earth is, because God exists outside of time. The thing that the Jewish calendar is missing for me, though, is Jesus.
So, despite its relative mundanity, my favorite calendar is the Gregorian one…the one that marks time relative to the birth of Jesus (likely inaccurate by years as well as months and days). I like that every time a reference is made to the year, that a quiet recognition is made to His very existence.
Happy New Year! Happy 2013 years (give or take) after Christ’s birth.