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Gregorian Calendar

Gregorian calendar leads to day of pranks

April Fools' Day, also known as All Fools' Day, is a funny kind of tradition widely celebrated on April 1. Tall tales are told, practical jokes are played, and it all ends in a giggling 'April foooool' cackled at the prank victim's face.

Wednesday, 1 April, 2009, 12:00am

Landmark year

Television tycoon Sir Run Run Shaw sits with actresses Lisa Wang Ming-chuen (left) and DoDo Cheng Yu-ling last night at TVB's 40th anniversary celebrations. Sir Run Run is 100 this year, but there has been confusion about his exact birthday. A copy of his identity card was reproduced in a Chinese-language newspaper last month, giving his birth date as October 14.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


The Gregorian Calendar was adopted in 1582. Based on the earth's rotation around the sun, it repeats itself every 400 years.

Easter is the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. It takes 5,700,000 years to complete one cycle of the dates for Easter according to the Gregorian Calendar.

13 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Following very simple method

Geoff Alves is absolutely wrong in stating that the millennium begins on January 1, 2001 (letter headlined, 'False dawn', South China Morning Post, June 15).

In the Gregorian calendar, dates are calculated backwards (BC 'before Christ' or BCE 'before Common Era') and forwards (AD 'anno Domini' or CE 'Common Era') from year one (an assumed date of the birth of Jesus).

10 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Ask mr brain...all will be explained

Is is possible to climb up the pyramids in Egypt? Yes, you can. But officials say the climb can be hazardous. The Great Pyramid of Cheops, built around 4,700 years ago, is the biggest pyramid in the world at 147 metres high. It is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

29 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Rats! The year is an hour earlier

PARTY-GOERS planning to count down to the Year of the Rat may have to change their schedule because the Lunar New Year's Day will be arriving one hour earlier than previously thought.

26 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

New millennium

EXACTLY when does the 20th century end and the 21st century begin? The 20th century ends at midnight on December 31, 2000. January 1, 2001, will be the first day of the new century, and the new millennium.

10 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Calendar daze of lunar year

CAN anyone explain how the lunar calendar is compiled? My assumption was the lunar cycle coincides with the Western calendar, but this does not tally.

I am at a loss.

J.M.H. CHAN Fotan

23 Mar 1993 - 12:00am