А как вас зовут, извините? (vityokr) wrote,
А как вас зовут, извините?
vityokr

Ramadan

Just found out that Ramadan can happen in any month of the year (because it's based on Lunar Calendar).

Which was news to me - since Jewish and Chinese holidays (that are also lunar-based) roughly happen at the same time every year.
Turns out the difference is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercalation_(timekeeping) - Arabs didn't keep up with the times and add this to their calendar.
Pretty symbolic if you ask me - I wouldn't have high hopes for the region (re recent Stephen Dawkins comments) until this is fixed. Not that it matters - just as a symbol of modernity.

UPD - Looks like shit's going to stay bad for a while: http://girishshahane.blogspot.pt/2012/02/intercalation-and-leaps-of-faith.html
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