Why 2020 Is a Special Year

Updated on January 20, 2020
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

2020 is an unusual year for a number of reasons. Read on to learn why.
2020 is an unusual year for a number of reasons. Read on to learn why.

2020 in Culture and Society

When the ball dropped on New Year's Eve, we not only left 2019 behind, but we also left a decade behind. Here are a couple of familiar references to 2020 from our society and culture.

1. Vision

The most obvious reference to 2020 relates to vision. Have you ever heard someone say they have 20/20 vision? Notice the way it is written. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at a distance of 20 feet away.

2. ABC Television News Magazine

Another reference to 20/20 is the television news magazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6th, 1978. Since the name of the program was inspired by the visual concept, it is written the same way.

2020 Marks the Start of Three Distinct Time Periods

January 1st, 2020, marked the beginning of three distinct time periods. It was a new day, a new year, and a new decade.

1. A New Day

New Year's Day 2020 followed the last day of 2019, which was known as New Year's Eve. A day is a 24-hour period.

2. A New Year

This new year is a leap year with 366 days. That means there is an extra day in February, the shortest month. Even with the extra day, February still remains the shortest month of the year with 29 days. Every other month has either 30 or 31 days.

People born on February 29th will be able to celebrate on their actual birthday this year. That's something they have not done since 2016 and will not be able to do again until 2024 since a leap year occurs only once every four years. Those born on February 29th are known as leaplings or leapers. Have you noticed that presidential elections are held only in leap years?

3. A New Decade

A decade is a period of ten years. This is the first year of the decade known as the 2020s. If you keep living, you will have plenty of opportunities to make positive changes in your lives. It is better to begin now instead of waiting and trying to catch up later.

2020's Double-Double Digits

2020 is like 1616, 1717, 1818, and 1919, because the first two digits match the second two digits. This happens only once in a century, which is a hundred years.

Being alive in 2020 is special because that is the only year you are likely to live through wherein the first two digits will match the second two digits. The next year that follows this pattern is 2121. A person alive now would have to be at least 101 to see that year. While that is possible, it is unlikely.

A 2020 calendar
A 2020 calendar

2020 and Weekend Holidays

Expect to have the opportunity to celebrate on more convenient dates in 2020. The extra day causes the calendar to shift, resulting in more weekend holidays than normal. This will give people more time to celebrate on the weekends instead of during the week when they have to go to work or to school the next day.

If you take a look at your 2020 calendar, you will see that many of the dates of official and unofficial holidays are either on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. In most cases, workers and students will have a long weekend. Very few holidays occur during the week in 2020.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on Monday, January 20th.
  • Valentine's Day is on Friday, February 14th.
  • President's Day is on Monday, February 17th.
  • Independence Day is on Saturday, July 4th.
  • Labor Day is celebrated on Monday, September 7th.
  • Columbus Day is on Monday, October 12th.
  • Halloween is on Saturday, October 31th.
  • Christmas Day is on Friday, December 25th.
  • New Year's Day is on Friday, January 1st, 2021.

When a holiday falls on a day when employees are already off, they either get the day before the holiday or the day after the holiday off instead.

The list above does not include holidays and celebrations that are always on Sundays, such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Easter. Also, Thanksgiving is always on the last Thursday in November.

The Roman numeral for 2020 is MMXX.
The Roman numeral for 2020 is MMXX.

The Roman Numeral for 2020

The Roman numeral for 2020 is MMXX. Some people don't understand Roman numerals. Each letter stands for a number. Once you learn what the letters stand for, you will know how to add up the numbers to get the correct total.

For instance, in MMXX, the M stands for one thousand. Therefore MM is two thousand. X stands for 10. Therefore, XX stands for 20. When all the numbers are added together, the result is 2020.

The years of Super Bowl Games are written in Roman numerals. For instance, the game for 2020 is played on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, or 2/2/2020. That's a lot of 2s. It will be the 54th year for the game. Therefore, it is written LIV. L stands for 50. IV is 4 because V is five and 1 subtracted from 5 is four.

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      4 weeks ago

      Its also special in some negative ways because of the virus and george floyd, etc.

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      4 weeks ago

      Oh no...

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      2 months ago

      This aged well! 2020 is definitely the greasiest year of all. Can’t wait to see what horrible things happen next!!!

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      2 months ago

      Thanks for your wonderful info on this website during such a hard time I really enjoy reading your web page about information that was very interesting and very informative.....

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      cant say 

      2 months ago

      hey thanks for this wonderful info during such a hard time!! god bless

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      Tammy Mahlan 

      3 months ago

      I really enjoyed reading your web page about information that was very interesting and very informative...

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Prateek Jain, thanks for reading and commenting on my hub. I am glad you came across it. I have been writing for HubPage for almost 9 years and I have written close to a thousand articles. I hope you will read some of the others.

      I see that you recently joined HupPages. Welcome aboard. I am following you so I can see some of the things you will write about. Let me know if I can help you with anything as you navigate the site.

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      Prateek Jain 

      6 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful information mam. As this is something very interesting and informative. Really enjoyed reading your hub. Better late them never. Looking forward for some similar best articles this year also.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Evelyn, please do use the information in your classroom. I am sure your students will love the tidbits about 2020.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Evelyn Perry 

      6 months ago

      I was so impressed with this information that I will use it as an assignment in the classroom. Thanks so much. You are an excellent writer.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      WOW! My Sister/Friend!

      It was so nice to read your comments and to see you are back on HubPages. Having you back is a great way to start the new year. It is beginning to feel like old times. I look forward to reading some of your articles.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      6 months ago from Michigan

      Margaret, I'm so glad that I read this article, it was delightful. As you were explaining the data about 2020, I could only imagine positive things associated with this year. There is so much to look forward to this year, especially all of those long holiday weekend celebrations. You provided great insight in the piece. Happy 2020 New Year/New Decade to you.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Tim, for reading and commenting. I had a lot of fun writing this article because I love trivia. I never thought about presidential elections happen only during a leap year.

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      Tim Truzy 

      6 months ago from U.S.A.

      Interesting and fun to read, Margaret. Maybe we should create a holiday called New Year/New Decade Day. I thought it was fascinating that we will probably never see a year where the numbers are the same since it happens only once every one hundred years. Great article.


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