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Is the new decade starting January 1, 2020?

New year is about to begin and January 1, 2020, is being called the beginning of a new decade, but is this really happening or will the new decade begin on January 1, 2021?

In the world , there has been a huge debate on social media, and some say the new decade is beginning on January 1, 2020 and it will end on December 31, 2029, while others think the new decade will begin on January 1, 2021 and end in December 31, 2030.

And as far as ordinary people like us are concerned, it is a very confusing matter for them who is saying what is right and who is wrong.

A recent survey found that 64% of US citizens say that he new decade begins on January 1, 2020, However, about 20% said they could not say with certainty and very few people say that the new decade won’t begin before January 1, 2021.

If you go back to the past, in 1999, there was a lot of debate among people about the beginning of the new century, and among them the US Naval Observatory (whose time estimate affects US government satellites, iPhones and others) clearly said, that the new century will begin on January 1, 2001 and the basis for this was to measure the time by the Observatory using the Julian date edit.

This modified system is used by astronomers and geologists, who do research on the volume of the earth (the original Julian date began on January 1, 4713 BC).

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    Is the new decade starting January 1, 2020?

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    Is the new decade starting January 1, 2021?

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  1. It depends on what you understand the word “decade” to mean. Based on simple arithmetic, a decade is any period of ten years, which you can start from any point you like, but most people count up to ten beginning with 1, so that the decade will start in 2021.

    However, if you want to refer to “the twenties” or “the thirties” as a decade, then these will start when the third number of the year changes to 2 or 3, i.e. 2020 or 2030.

    So both schools of thought can be right! However, this argument did not exist in the past, because people – certainly in the UK – always took it for granted that a new decade or century began when the year ended in a 1, not 0. You only have to look at old newspaper reports to see that.

    Incidentally, proof of this fact will be seen by everyone in the UK next year when we hold the next annual census. This is always done at the start of a new decade, namely when the year ends in a 1. This has been the case ever since 1801!

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