10 countries where next year will not be 2024

Many old civilizations and religious as well as local calendars based on seasons are used in different parts of the world. While we are entering 2024, these 10 countries are left behind.

Ethiopia Calendar 2016

The Ethiopian calendar is based on the ancient calendar of Alexandria. It is 8 years behind the regular solar calendar. It has 13 months.

12 months consist of 30 days and the last 13th months consist of just 5 or 6 days, it depends on the leap year. The new day starts with the sunrise.

Ethiopia Calendar

Thailand Buddhist lunar calendar 2567

The people of Thailand follow the Buddhist lunar calendar. The chronology starts from the moment Buddha achieved Nirvana. The Buddhist calendar is also used in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.

Gregorian calendar is also used in Thailand, and exceptions are always made for foreigners.

uddhist lunar calendar

Russia will start 2023

People of Russia follow the Gregorian calendar. This calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory Xlll in place of the Julian calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, on January 1, the New Year will begin.

Today’s difference between these 2 calendars is 13 days, increasing by 3 days every 400 years.

The Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1582 in Catholic countries and was gradually distributed to other countries. 

Russia Calendar

Israel Hebrew Calendar 5784

According to the Hebrew calendar, the month starts with the new moon, and the first day of the year (Rosh Hashanah) can only be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.

The chronology of the Hebrew calendar started with the very first moon that took place on October 7, 3761, BC, at 5 o’clock and in 204 parts. One hour in the Hebrew calendar consists of 1,080 parts and each part is 76 moments.

Hebrew Calendar

Iran to start the year 1402

The people of Iran and Afghanistan follow the Persian calendar, also known as the solar Hijri calendar. Astronomers, including Umar Khayyam, a well-known poet, created the solar calendar.

The chronology starts from Hijra, just like the Islamic Calendar. It is also based on the solar year, and the month stays in the same season. The week starts on Saturday and ends on Friday.

Persian calendar

India to start the year 1945

The Indian national calendar was introduced in 1957. This calendar is based on the calculation of the Saka Era, the ancient system of Chronology that is widespread in India and Cambodia; several other calendars are followed in India.

Saka Era Calendar in India

Japan is going to start year 35

Japanese follow two chronologies. Like most of the world, they follow and use the Gregorian calendar, which is used internationally, but there is also a traditional one.

The traditional one is based on and calculated based on the emperor’s ruling period. Both dates are mentioned in the official documents.

The traditional year is given a name; it is not exactly a year, it is more like an era, for now, since 1989, “an era of peace and tranquility” is being observed.

China to start the year 4722

The Chinese calendar is cyclic and based on Jupiter’s astronomical cycle. Within 60 years, Jupiter revolves around the sun 5 times, and that is the five elements of the Chinese calendar.

Jupiter completes its revolution around the sun in 12 years. These years are usually named after animals.

  • 2023 Gregorian year was the year of Rabbits in China.
  • 2024 Gregorian year will be the year of dragons in China.

Jupiter Calendar

North Korea Calendar 112

The people of North Korea have been using The Juche Calendar since July 8, 1997, together with Christ’s birth chronology.

Their calendar started in 1912, with the birth year of Kim ll-sung, the founder and the eternal president of North Korea.

North Korea Calendar

Saudi Arabia to start 1445

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country and it follows the Islamic lunar calendar. The chronology starts with Hijra, the date of Prophet Mohammad, and the first Muslim migration to Madina (622 AD).

According to this calendar, the new day and date start with the sunset. The month begins with the sighting of a new moon (the crescent moon).

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