What year is it? The short answer to this is the current tear is 2023 AD, or 2023 CE, depending on your wokeness levels.
This of course happened on January 1st, BUT Russians and other Eastern Orthodox nations who celebrate “Old New Year” on January 14th, which by their calendar is January 1st (kinda). It is though still 2023, so not so important for our “What year is it” challenge.
Amazingly the question is one of the most searched terms on the internet, which truly makes you wonder just how drunk people must get, so as to have to ask the Google Gods “what year is it”? Or perhaps they are all time travellers! We hope it is the later, but regardless have decided to answer what year it is in blog fashion.
This is particularly apparent when you think that this is the year of war and Coronavirus. The answer is very simple A BAD ONE.
But then it got me thinking just how simple minded I was being. OK it is 2023 for the west, but there are many other calendars out there, such as North Korea, who measure things by the Juche Calendar.
We’ve previously done a blog about the different new years in the world, which you can read here, but today we look at the measuring of years in different parts of the globe. Now we will caveat this with the fact that whilst there are numerous ways to measure what year it is, the Gregorian Calendar (2023) and January – December is how business is predominantly done throughout the world.
What year is it in North Korea? it is Juche 111
What Juche year is it? 2023 is Juche 111, 2024 will be Juche 112 (an important one). The Juche Year Starts in 1912 with the birth of Kim Il Sung, but to complicate things further 1912 is considered year 1. Not year zero, much like how we do centuries and indeed the birth of of big JC.
But of course there are other calendars than the North Korean one!
What year is it for Jews? It is 5783
The Jewish calendar began in 3761 BC, which makes 2023 5783 for Jews. Israel takes this partciularly seriously with January 1st not even being a holiday, particularly in these nationalist times….
In the Islamic world? It is 1445
As of December 2023 AD the current year as per the Islamic calendar is 1445 AH.
What year is it in China? It is 4721
The current animal year is the year of the rabbit, but the numeric year is 4721 Not quite as old as the Jews, but still impressive.
What year is it in the Hindu Calendar – it is 2079
The Hindu calendar is rather too close to the AD one. As per the Hindu date system it is now 2079. Which sounds kinda cool and futuristic.
What year is it for Cambodians – It is 2567
Seeing as I live in Cambodia and love the water fights of Khmer New Year, Cambodia should get a mention. New Year happens here in Mid-April, with the current year being 2566, with it being 544 years “older” than Jesus reckoning.
This just recently changed with Khmer New Year 2023, which also doubles as a huge water fight. You can read about that here.
What year is it in Japan?
And you thought North Korea was the youngest country by calendar! In fact it is not, with that honour from what we are aware going to Japan, which counts everything from the reign of the current Emperor.
Therefore the year in Japan is just 5 years old….
How about the Mayan Calendar?
We couldn’t find an answer to this one, but we did find one interesting article you can read here Remember that god awful movie saying the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012? Well it looks like they meant 2023 – what with Covid and the imminent World War 3.
And you know what? They might well have been right. At least the year will be over soon…
So, if you are ever asking what year is it, but mean it more in this sense than a just woke up hungover and have no idea where I am, then we hope this article helps.
Will this also be the year that North Korea reopens? We certainly hope so. You can read about our North Korea tours here.