The birth of Christ is taken as a reference point. The years before Christ was born are written as BC or before the birth of Christ e.g. 3000 BC means 3000 years before Christ was born? Nowadays, BC is also written as BCE which means Before the Common era. AD stands for Anno Domini meaning 'in the year of the Lord'. Any event that occurred after the birth of Christ is written as AD e.g. India gained independence in 1947 AD, meaning 1947 years after the birth of Christ. It can also be written as CE or Common Era.
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