I really do learn something new almost every day which is one of my favorite things about living abroad. Last week I learned something new and it's still rocking my world a bit. The story goes something like this...
Last week FaceBook told me a friend had a birthday. When I saw her on Friday, I asked if she celebrated, which she did, but she also added that in this country she never really knows which day her birthday is. What?!?! How does that work? Apparently sometimes it's on March 11th and sometimes on March 12th. And not only that, she was born in 1368. Living in an Arab country, I am familiar with the Islamic calendar. While I don't know a whole lot, I know enough to know that we are currently in year 1434. A quick look at my friend, who is probably early-20's, and some quick math told me she wasn't talking about the Hijri calendar.
What I learned is that Iran has it's own calendar. The Iranian calendar counts the years after Muhammad's emigration to Medina, but it counts the solar years (365 days) and not the lunar years (354 days), which is why it differs from the Islamic/Hijri calendar.
|Esfand, the last month of the year. You can see the Gregorian dates and numbers and then the Arabic numbers representing the Iranian calendar. The red shows Fridays (Sabbath day) and holidays.|
|The coming month, Farvardin, which is the 1st month of the year (beginning in the 21st of March) at a very specific time of day (dependent on time zone). If you have any Iranian friends, be sure to tell them happy new year!|
So not only did I learn about the Iranian calendar and how it works, I learned that my friend was born in 1368 so that (kind of) makes her 645 years old - definitely my oldest friend.