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Bidding goodbye to a number-perfect year

india Updated: Dec 03, 2010 14:36 IST
Gaurav Tripathi
Gaurav Tripathi
Hindustan Times
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With a few weeks left, the New Year would arrive with new hopes and dreams, but 2010 would also be known for an interesting reason, numerically speaking. That is the complete similarity of days and dates with 1999.

Call it numerical magic or a rare coincidence, all the dates and days mentioned in the calendar year 1999 were completely same in 2010, and they would again be the same in 2021. If numerologists are to be believed, then such incidence of matching days and dates happens in every 11 years.

For instance, January 26 was celebrated in 1999 on Tuesday, and in 2010, the date again fell on a Tuesday. Now, the people would be getting another chance to witness these matching of day and dates in 2021.

Renowned mathematician and a professor of the Mathematics Department in HBTI, Dr SU Siddiqui told Hindustan Times, "I am hearing of such a coincidence for the first time in my life. It is really an interesting phenomenon. I think such numerical arrangements happen due to leap years and increasing and decreasing days in Februarys."

The interesting permutation and combination of calendar years produced some startling linked dates and dates in 2010. For instance, in 1999, the Independence Day (August 15) fell on Sunday. Similarly in August 2010, it again fell on a Sunday. And again, in 2021 it would be Sunday on Independence Day.

"The magic of same days on similar dates every day happens every 11 years. For example, it was Monday on March 8 (International Women Day) in 1999, and in 2010 it was again a Monday. The day would be same in 2021," said Amit Gaur, an enthusiast who loves keeping records of such rare incidences of matching dates, days and years.