How people mark the beginning and ending of a year has varied throughout history.This week’s trivia challenge by Sarah Phelan-Blamires, public services librarian at Whitman County Library, tests your knowledge of calendar systems.
The Whitman County Library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.
- What calendar system do we use today (in the U.S. as well as most of the world)?
- The ancient Egyptian calendar was also 365 days long, with the first day of the year beginning when the sky’s brightest star, _______, rose with the sun.
- Which two months in our current calendar system were named after Roman emperors?
- The Aztec calendar is circular with a “century” that lasts many years?
- The word “month” is thought to have originated from this method of measuring time?
- July and August.
- The Aztec calendar consists of a 365-day cycle and a 260-day ritual cycle. These two cycles together form a 52-year “century.”
- The lunar calendar used the phases of the moon to measure time. The word “month” is believed to come from the word “moon.”