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Calendar Quiz Questions

  1. Which calendar is the modern calendar used in most countries of the world? (Hint: It is named after a Pope)
  2. The Medieval Latin term Anno Domini translates to what in English?
  3. True or false, a year is based on how long it takes the Earth to orbit the sun?
  4. The word 'calendar' is derived from the ancient Roman word 'kalendae' - what did this word mean?
  5. Is it possible for a calendar month to have five weekends?




  6. The film Calendar Girls is about the Women's Institute in which English county?
  7. It is generally thought that the month of January is named after which Roman god of beginnings, transitions and doorways?
  8. In which month is Australia's longest day of the year?
  9. 2021 is the Chinese Year of which zodiac animal?
  10. The UK switched to the Gregorian calendar in which year? And which calendar did the Gegorian replace?
  11. What name is given to the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox?
  12. Which country accepted the Gregorian calendar in 1949?
  13. How many months have 31 days?
  14. The Ides of March is on which date in March?
  15. In December 1931, which country switched to a six-day week?
  16. Which calendar was the predominant calendar in most of Europe until it was gradually replaced by the Gregorian calendar?
  17. A century year, for example 1800, 1900 and 2000, cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by which 3 digit number?
  18. Which European country used a calendar created in 1793 which had a 10 day week? This calendar was replaced after 12 years.
  19. The Solar Hijri calendar is the official calendar of which country?
  20. Which month of the year was named after the Roman statesman and emperor who was born Gaius Octavius?
  21. Russia is divided into how many time zones?
  22. How many days make up a non-leap year in the Islamic calendar?
  23. Did the 21st century start on 1 January 2000 or 1 January 2001?


Answers:

  1. Gregorian Calendar (named after Pope Gregory XIII)
  2. In the year of the Lord
  3. True
  4. The first day of the month
  5. Yes (May 2020 is an example)
  6. Yorkshire
  7. Janus
  8. December
  9. Year of the Ox
  10. 1752 (It was necessary to correct it by 11 days, so Wednesday 2nd September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14th September 1752. Hence, 11 days were lost.)
  11. A harvest moon (A hunter's moon is the first full moon after the harvest moon.)
  12. China
  13. 7 months (January, March, May, July, August, October, December)
  14. 15th
  15. Soviet Union or Russia (in 1940 it was restored to the seven-day week)
  16. Julian calendar
  17. 400 (For example, the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not leap years, but the years 1600 and 2000 are.)
  18. France (it was called The French Republican or French Revolutionary calendar)
  19. Iran or Afghanistan
  20. August (after Augustus Caesar)
  21. 11 time zones
  22. The Islamic calendar has 354 day (11 less days than the widely-used Gregorian calendar)
  23. 1 January 2001