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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year 2009!

Happy Chinese New Year 2009!

It's a little bit early to say it.. qeqeqe But I just want want to share the article about the Chinese lunar calender with you.

According to Chinese Lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year Day is the new moon day of the first lunar month. The first lunar month is the second lunar month after the lunar month (11th lunar month) contains Winter Solstice, which is around December 23 in Gregorian calendar (western calendar). As a result, Chinese New Year Day might fall in the second half of January or the first half of February.

Chinese calendar combines lunar, solar and color-animal (Stem-Branch) counting systems. The lunar counting system mainly is to count the lunar month. The solar counting system is to count the year and solar month for agriculture activities. The color animal is to count the every single solar day. At the beginning color animal counts only for the day. Later, Five Element scholars applied color animals on Year and Month cycles.

Year of the Ox

There are 12 animals, which are Rat, Cow (Ox), Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, Pig, in the counting system. The Chinese calendar needs to assign a unique animal name for each day inside the lunar month. sometimes, Chinese Lunar Calendar needs to add an extra lunar month (Leap Lunar Month) in the cycle to match the speed of the solar cycle. For example, Year 2006, Chinese calendar has two 7th lunar months. A lunar month contains 29 or 30 days. Therefore, Chinese calendar needs 60 different animal names to make every single day unique for the case of leap lunar month.
To make the 60 unique color animal names, Chinese add the name of Five Elements, which are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, on the top of animal names. Five Elements are connected to colors, which are White, Black, Green, Red and Brown. That's why each Chinese year has a color animal name. The first sign of 60 color animals is the Green Wood Rat, which can be found in 1924 and 1984.

Find Your Chinese Astrological Animal Sign
The first day of the animal year is different from the Chinese New Year Day. The animal year starts on the first day of the Tiger month. Tiger month begins from the day when Sun enters ecliptic 315 degree position, which is around February 4 Gregorian calendar. That means the animal month is solar month, not lunar month. This is why many people who born in January or February confuse about their animal sign of birth year. To verify the exact animal sign of birth year goes to use the free online Chinese Astrological Animal Sign page.

Because the Chinese New Year Day is based on the New Moon Day and different time zones might have different new moon days in Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year Days might fall different days in the several time zones.

So, Happy Chinese New Year to all of you! Happy Chinese New Year


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