What Year Is It?

At the time of this writing, the year is 2014 on the internationally popular Gregorian calendar. On the Gregorian calendar, years are numbered in the present common era (C.E., also known as Anno Domini, or A.D.) from the birth of Jesus Christ, according to the Christian religion.

Other calendars number years from different starting points. In the Hebrew calendar, for example, it is now the year 5775, measured from the point in time recognized as creation in the Jewish faith. In the Islamic calendar, it is now 1436, measured from the point in time when the prophet Muhammad traveled from Mecca to Medina. These years are given as of Oct. 31, 2014, on the Gregorian calendar.