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GregorianCalendar Class

Represents the Gregorian calendar.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public class GregorianCalendar extends Calendar

The Gregorian calendar recognizes two eras: B.C. or B.C.E., and A.D. or C.E. This implementation of the GregorianCalendar class recognizes only the current era (A.D. or C.E.).

A leap year in the Gregorian calendar is defined as a year that is evenly divisible by four, except if it is divisible by 100. However, years that are divisible by 400 are leap years. For example, the year 1900 was not a leap year, but the year 2000 was. A common year has 365 days and a leap year has 366 days.

The Gregorian calendar has 12 months with 28 to 31 days each: January (31 days), February (28 or 29 days), March (31 days), April (30 days), May (31 days), June (30 days), July (31 days), August (31 days), September (30 days), October (31 days), November (30 days), and December (31 days). February has 29 days during leap years and 28 during common years.

Each CultureInfo supports a set of calendars. The Calendar property returns the default calendar for the culture, and the OptionalCalendars property returns an array containing all the calendars supported by the culture. To change the calendar used by a CultureInfo, the application can set the Calendar property to a new Calendar.

GetEra ignores punctuation in abbreviated era names, only if the GregorianCalendar is selected in DateTimeFormatInfo.Calendar and the culture uses "A.D." as the era name, that is, "A.D." is equivalent to "AD".

The following code example shows that DateTimeFormatInfo ignores the punctuation in the era name, only if the calendar is Gregorian and the culture uses the era name "A.D.".

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Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0