- Well, Happy New Year to all you ex members of Waymanland.
For a host of historical reasons, we have the calendar that we now have, and we designate this day, January 1, as the beginning of the year. The 12 month calendar is reflective of the 12 sign Zodiac. The 7 day week is reflective of the 7 visible objects in Astrology, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. It really didn't come from the creation story in Genesis. I personally believe the author of Genesis "borrowed" the 7 day week from astrology. But that's me.
The year is based on the approximate birth of Jesus Christ. It wasn't that long ago that official and legal documents would read, "The year of our Lord...." That's how dominant the Christian religion was in the Western World. Because of the business and military success of the British Empire, followed by the United States, the "Jesus Calendar" has been more or less adopted by the entire world. There may be a few primitive tribes out there in the boonies who have their own calendar, but for the most part the world goes by "the year of our Lord."
I wonder if we will ever redo the calendar some time in the future? You know, start a new one like they did just over 2000 years ago. 500 years from now, will the world still be going by "the year of our Lord"? I suppose it might be too much of a logistical nightmare to change over the calendar, although technology that is much more advanced than we have now might make it easy. Maybe we will go to "Star Date." Beam me up.