BANGOR — The beginnings of the Easter celebration signaled the creation of the calendar used by most of the world.
Historian Professor David Haus said it wasn’t a coincidence that the once-famous Julian Calendar named after Julius Ceasar had to be re-named and ultimately changed.
The Julian calendar did not fit the historic resurrection and death of Christ at the time, therefore Christians in Rome created a new calendar now known as the Gregorian.
Once the death and resurrection of Christ became the cornerstone of much of Europe’s celebration known as Easter they needed Easter to land at the same time and season each year.
“You have the situation where a number of very strongly aligned catholic countries in Europe such as Portugal, Spain, and France adopt it,” Haus said.
“But there’s a number of countries in Europe and other places that didn’t. For example, Great Britain and its colonies didn’t adopt it until the mid-1700s. What becomes the United States didn’t adopt the gregorian calendar like this until really 20 years before the American Revolution,” he said.
Later, countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia adopted the calendar and most of the world uses this calendar today. While many people may not know the history behind it, take a look at six things you may not know about the Gregorian calendar here.