**12** is the Arabic Numeral for Twelve.

When it is written as

12th, it is pronounced

Twelfth.

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###### Usage of the Number 12

The number 12 has wide usage.

Most calendars have *12* months.

There are *12* signs in the Zodiac.

In some sects of Christianity, there are *12* apostles, when Judas is not counted.

In the Shi'a Islam sect of Islam, there is a sub-sect called the Twelvers, in which there is *12* (and only 12) Imams.

In one of the Norse religions, Odin had 12 sons.

There are traditionally *12* days of Christmas.

In cultures that divide the day into 24 hours, and group those into half days (AM and PM), there are *12* hours in each half day. Also, there are 60 minutes in an hour, which equals 5 × *12*. And there are 60 seconds in an minute, which equals 5 × *12*.

The are traditionally *12* buttons on a Telephone.

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