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Calendars
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The adoption of a new calendar in each dispensation is a symbol of the power of Divine Revelation to reshape human perception of material, social, and spiritual reality. Through it, sacred moments are distinguished, humanity's place in time and space reimagined, and the rhythm of life recast.
Universal House of Justice in a letter dated 10 July 2014 to the Bahá'ís of the world.
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There are many differing theories as to when each calendar began. The chart below lists one theory for each calendar.
 
Calendars in common use today:
Calendar Annotation Year Now* Start in
Hebrew
Calendar
Start in
Hindu
Calendar
Start in
Chinese
Calendar
Start in
Zarathustrian
Calendar
Start in
Buddhist
Calendar
Start in
Gregorian
Calendar
Start in
Islam
Calendar
Start in
Bahá'í
Calendar
Hebrew / Jewish A.M. = Anno Mundi A.M. 5781 A.M. 1         7 October 3761 B.C.E.    
Hindu K.Y. = Kali Yuga 5122 K.Y. 16 Adar A.M. 659 1 K.Y.       23 January 3101 B.C.E.    
Chinese A.H. = Anno Huángdì A.H. 4718 A.M. 1062-3 405 K.Y. A.H. 1     2698 B.C.E.    
Zarathustrian
(Zoroastrian if
you are Greek)
Z.E. = Zarathustrian Era 3020 Z.E. A.M. 2760 2102 K.Y. A.H. 1697 1 Z.E.   1000 B.C.E.    
Buddhist B.E. = Buddhist Era 2563 B.E. A.M. 3216 2558 K.Y. A.H. 2153 456 Z.E. 1 B.E. 544 B.C.E.    
Christian - Julian & Gregorian A.D. = Anno Domini A.D. 2020 A.M. 3756 4902 K.Y. A.H. 2697 1000 Z.E. 544 B.E. 4 B.C.E.    
Islamic A.H. = Anno Hejirea A.H. 1442 3 Av A.M. 4382 3681 K.Y. A.H. 3276 1579 Z.E. 1123 B.E. 16 July
A.D. 622
1 A.H.  
Badí / Bahá'í B.E. = Bahá'í Era 177 B.E. 5 Sivan A.M. 5604 4946 K.Y. A.H. 4541 2844 Z.E. 2388 B.E. 22 May A.D. 1844 1 Rabī' al-awwal A.H. 1260 1 B.E.
* As of 13 Qawl 177 (4 December 2020)
 

Due to the various times each calendar celebrates a new year, some of these dates may be off by a year or two. Also, it is difficult to find two date calculators that agree. Some sources are hundreds of years different from the dates presented here, e.g., 'Ussher and a group of theologians and scholars in 1630 performed calculations and created a study that reported the creation of Adam on October 23, 4004 BC at 9:00 am . . . .', however, the Hebrew calendar, based on the creation of Adam, does not begin until 3761 B.C.E. some 243 years later. 'Tis a conundrum. We here at A Bahá'í Glossary have, to save our sanity, quit trying to make all the math work out right.

‡ Inasmuch as the Christian Calendar is the most widely used worldwide, we give the pre-Christian dates as a reference. The Gregorian Calendar began 15 October A.D.1582; so for dates prior to that we use the Julian Calendar going back to the Big Bang.
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