Julian calendar

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Gregorian20 November 2018
Julian7 November 2018

The Julian calendar, proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC (708 AUC), was a reform of the Roman calendar.[1] It took effect on 1 January 45 BC (AUC 709), by edict. It was the predominant calendar in the Roman world, most of Europe, and in European settlements in the Americas and elsewhere, until it was refined and gradually replaced by the Gregorian calendar, promulgated in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.

The Julian calendar is still used in parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church, in parts of Oriental Orthodoxy, and by the Berbers (see below).

During the 20th and 21st centuries, the date according to the Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian date, and after 2100 the disparity will widen.

Year length; leap years

The Julian calendar has two types of year: "normal" years of 365 days and "leap" years of 366 days. There is a simple cycle of three "normal" years followed by a leap year and this pattern repeats forever without exception. The Julian year is, therefore, on average 365.25 days long. Consequently the Julian year drifts over time with respect to the tropical (solar) year (365.24217 days).[2]

Although Greek astronomers had known, at least since Hipparchus,[3] a century before the Julian reform, that the tropical year was slightly shorter than 365.25 days, the calendar did not compensate for this difference. As a result, the calendar year gains about three days every four centuries compared to observed equinox times and the seasons. This discrepancy was largely corrected by the Gregorian reform of 1582. The Gregorian calendar has the same months and month lengths as the Julian calendar, but, in the Gregorian calendar, year numbers evenly divisible by 100 are not leap years, except that those evenly divisible by 400 remain leap years.[4] (Even then, the Gregorian calendar diverges from astronomical observations by one day in 3,030 years).[2]

The difference in the average length of the year between Julian (365.25 days) and Gregorian (365.2425 days) is 0.002%, making the Julian 10.8 minutes longer. The accumulated effect of this difference over some 1600 years since the basis for calculation of the date of Easter was determined at the First Council of Nicea means for example that, from 16 February Julian (1 March Gregorian) 1900 and until 15 February Julian (28 February Gregorian) 2100, Julian is 13 days behind Gregorian. (Bearing in mind that 1900 and 2100 are leap years in the Julian system but not in the Gregorian).

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Yuli təqvimi
Bân-lâm-gú: Julius Le̍k-hoat
башҡортса: Юлиан календары
беларуская: Юліянскі каляндар
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Юліянскі каляндар
brezhoneg: Deiziadur juluan
Esperanto: Julia kalendaro
한국어: 율리우스력
Bahasa Indonesia: Kalender Julius
къарачай-малкъар: Юлиан орузлама
Kreyòl ayisyen: Almanak jilyen
Lëtzebuergesch: Julianesche Kalenner
Bahasa Melayu: Takwim Julius
Nederlands: Juliaanse kalender
日本語: ユリウス暦
Nordfriisk: Juliaans kalender
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Yulian taqvimi
Simple English: Julian calendar
slovenščina: Julijanski koledar
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Julijanski kalendar
Türkçe: Jülyen takvimi
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: جۇلىيان تەقۋىمى
Tiếng Việt: Lịch Julius
吴语: 儒略曆
粵語: 儒略曆
中文: 儒略曆