Talk:Buddhist calendar

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Yamara 17:46, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Historical use and eras[edit]

Thank you all for the good information ! it was not mentioned in the article that how many years "buddhist countries" have used "huddhist calendar". For example, does any one know did Thailand mark years in B.E. or A.D. at Ayuthaya times ? Somebody told me they have only used B.E. for 60 years or so !! ?? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.191.207.104 (talkcontribs) 05:24, 31 August 2007

The last paragraph in the article, beginning "Four eras ...", answers most of your questions. All four eras mentioned, Anchansakarat, Buddhasakarat, Mahasakarat, and Chulasakarat, can be called Buddhist eras because they were all used with the Buddhist calendar. A solar Buddhist era beginning 1 January has only been used in Thailand since 1940. But its original lunisolar form (Buddhasakarat) beginning after our modern April, using the Sanskrit month names given in the article, was used before 1940 (maybe from 1767?). That paragraph states that the Chulasakarat era was adopted in Thailand in the mid-13th century, whereas the Ayutthaya Kingdom began in the mid-14th century, so the Chulasakarat era was used by the Ayutthaya Kingdom during most of its existence. — Joe Kress 21:55, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
In Thailand there have been official four eras, but I never heard Anahansakarat before; I might be wrong. There have been Mahasakarat → Chulasakarat → Rattanakosin era (known as Rattanakosinsok) → Buddhasakarat --Manop - TH (talk) 05:36, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

When is the beginning of the year?[edit]

Does it start near the winter solstice, or the spring equinox (as some other calendars do)? Or does that vary by country? Since it seems that will also vary thru time as the equinoxes process, is there any discussion in any country of amending the rules to adjust back to the tropical year?

Some specific examples, comparing dates in specific countries with the gregorian dates, would help a lot. Also it would be helpful to know who uses the calendars - are they mostly for religious events, or for business, or for birthdays, or what? Thanks! --NealMcB (talk) 16:35, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Rewrite[edit]

I've just updated the article. We still need to address, among other things:

  • Khmer, Lao and Sinhala names of the Buddhist calendar in lede
  • Khmer and Lao month names
  • Does the Sinhala calendar use a version of the Metonic cycle like the SEA ones or does it use apparent reckoning like Hindu calendars?
  • What is the Sinhala calendar's intercalation method? The previous edit says it is 354, 384, 385 like the Burmese calendar but I can't find any sources to verify that.
  • Has the Sinhala calendar ever had the 12-year animal cycle like the SEA ones?
  • Why does the Thai Buddhist Era use a 543 offset when its epochal date is 545 BCE?
  • New year's day: Is it fixed to the Gregorian calendar in Cambodia and Laos like in Thailand? How about in Sri Lanka?

Hybernator (talk) 02:03, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

lunisolar calender photo[edit]

A bookseller in Chaitya Bhoomi peddles Buddhist calendars and books by Ambedkar

This calender picture and Thai calender is lunisolar. But this calender has different dates according to Navayana. So this picture should be included. This photograph is very much relevant to this article. Discuss on talk page. JAIBHIM5 (talk) 06:39, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

JAIBHIM5: The image that you have inserted several times gives no added value to this page. It appears to give WIKIPEDIA: Undue Weight to Ambedkar in the context of this page. I have removed it because WIKIPEDIA follows a neutral point of view policy and does not allow promotion. Please see WP:NOTADVERTISING, WP:UNDUE, WP:NPOV. JimRenge (talk) 13:57, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
I agree with both of you: Neither image is appropriate for this article: As JAIBHIM5 points out, the image is not an image of a Buddhist calendar as described in this article, and as JimRenge points out, the Ambedkar-related image provides "undue weight" to topics other than "Buddhist calendar." In short: It is better to have neither image than either one of these. JimRenge, will you do the honors of removing the image you recently added, or shall I? davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 22:50, 27 May 2014 (UTC) Struck - I misread JAIBHIM5's statement as an argument to remove that image. In retrospect, it is an argument to include the image of a different calendar to show the variety of Buddhist calendars. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 00:21, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
davidwr: I can`t follow your argument. However, feel free to remove the picture if you believe its not a buddhist calendar as described in this article. JimRenge (talk) 05:42, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
davidwr The picture of Ambedkar is cover of Navyana Buddhist calender and it is relevant. And other hanging piece is date details of calender so this picture is relevant. JAIBHIM5 (talk) 08:06, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
The primary objection is WP:Undue weight. No matter how relevant an image may be, if it gives undue weight to other topics that is grounds to prefer other images. In cases where the undue weight is high enough - including, in my opinion, this case - it is grounds to prefer no image at all if this were the only image available. Think of it this way: If there was a photograph of President Barack Obama holding the same calendar that is in this image, or if the books and posters displayed in this image depicted President Obama, that would give undue weight to the him, making it a less-than-suitable or more likely totally-unsuitable image for this article. There is also another objection to this image: The portion of the image which constitutes the calendar is of a low resolution and odd angle (not "straight on") making it hard (not impossible, just hard) to see the features which demonstrate that this is indeed a Buddhist calendar and not some other form of calendar. Although it is hard to see in the thumbnail, any reader who expands the thumbnail of File:August2004rs.png will see an image that is clear enough that anyone who can read the languages used in the calendar will know what type of calendar it is (I don't read those languages, so don't ask me to verify it's what the page description says it is). If you have a clear, readable image of this calendar which is not encumbered by copyrights, AND for which the "calendar" part - the part that shows the dates - does not give undue weight to other topics, consider cropping the image to show just the calendar portion. I suspect that such an image would be just as suitable as File:August2004rs.png. 00:21, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
@JimRenge: regarding the August2004rs image: I have stricken my comments related to that image. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 00:21, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
Above example is funny. JimRenge Do you have something to say? JAIBHIM5 (talk) 12:17, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

I agree with davidwr. He also explained in detail what may be considered as giving Undue Weight in this article. The image that you have inserted several times appears to give WIKIPEDIA: Undue Weight to B. R. Ambedkar in the context of this article. Wikipedia is not a soapbox, a battleground, or a vehicle for propaganda, promotion and showcasing. Please read WP:NOTADVERTISING, WP:UNDUE, WP:NPOV and please do not reinsert this image (Chaitya Bhoomi.png) without trying to reach a WP:Consensus. JimRenge (talk) 13:08, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

lets close this discussion. JAIBHIM5 (talk) 09:00, 30 May 2014 (UTC)
No formal action is required for a discussion to "close" - it de facto closes when people stop editing in that section. I would make one request regarding the image at the top of this secton though: Either 1) take out the "center" parameter and reduce the "thumb" of the image above to something well under 200px (or just take out the "1000px" parameter entirely), OR 2) replace the line
  • [[File:A book and calender seller at Chaitya Bhoomi.png|alt=|thumb|center|1000px|A bookseller in Chaitya Bhoomi peddles [[Buddhist calendar]]s and books by Ambedkar]]
with
  • [[:File:A book and calender seller at Chaitya Bhoomi.png]]
so it appears as a text-link rather than an image-link. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 17:20, 30 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes, the picture looks oversized. I would prefer the " unsized, non-centered image". Thanks JimRenge (talk) 21:04, 30 May 2014 (UTC)