MEZAR-I E[currency]ERyF (CyHAN)- Nowruz, the first day of spring on the solar calendar
is being celebrated in Afghanistan's northern city of Mezar-i Sharif and other provinces with much fervor.
The event, Winter Solstice, will run from 7pm-9pm on December 20, at the close of the shortest day and as well as marking the longest night of the solar calendar
- with an international flavour inspired by the Persian winter solstice Shab-e Yalda - it promises plenty festive fun accompanied by music and workshops.
If correct, it would mean the Dilmun civilisation was one of the first in the ancient world to use a solar calendar
Europe had used the Julian calendar since its introduction by Julius Caesar in 42BC, and although it was reasonably accurate, it differed from the solar calendar
by 11 and a half minutes per annum.
A solar calendar
is needed to determine the seasons.
Two remain in use by Mayan communities (the Haab, or solar calendar
, and the Tzolkin, or lunar, sacred calendar).
But a senior official in the commission told AFP on condition of anonymity that the scheduled date was "Hamal 16, 1393," referring to the Afghan solar calendar
. The date coincides with April 5, 2014.
Joe Plegge discovered that Gobekli Tepe was used as a solar calendar
, some 7,000 years before Stonehenge was built.
Watch traditional dancing in Myanmar from [pounds sterling]586 per person Diwali is celebrated according to the Hindu solar calendar
. The five-day festival in Burma (Myanmar) is marked by fireworks, home decorations and sweets.
It's a month in the Hijri calendar, which is the lunar one and of course shorter than the solar calendar
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The Mexican government is hoping that the publicity surrounding the Mayan solar calendar
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