The Chinese calendar has 12 or 13 lunar months per year, and is about 20 to 50 days behind the Gregorian calendar. Although China uses the Gregorian global calendar for most official and business purposes, the Chinese calendar is still used to determine the days of traditional festivals , such as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn.
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It is used by some for celebrating birthdays , and even for agriculture when to plough, plant, harvest, etc. The Chinese calendar is still popular among the Chinese people for Chinese zodiac horoscopes and choosing auspicious days for weddings, funerals, relocation, etc. The Chinese calendar can seem very foreign and complicated if you are new to it, but basically it just counts the moon cycles from one "spring" Chinese New Year to the next.
The Chinese calendar is based on lunar cycles or phases of the moon. Chinese months begin with new moon, and have a full moon on day Days: In the Chinese calendar, a day starts at midnight, but traditionally people regarded dawn as the beginning of a day. China's traditional solar calendar is seldom referred to for dates, but the Chinese calendar mirrors it and includes extra lunar months to keep pace with it.
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The traditional solar calendar in China, like the Gregorian calendar , is based solely on the orbit of the Earth around the sun. It has 12 solar months of 30 or 31 days — no shorter "February" , days in a regular year and days in a leap year.
But that's where the similarities end…. Each month of China's solar calendar has two solar terms of 15 or 16 days. The 24 solar terms once governed agricultural arrangements in China. Solar terms occur on almost the same days each year on the Gregorian calendar.
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The solar terms split the Chinese year into four equal length seasons of three months or six solar terms , each centered on an equinox or solstice day. Learn more about the 24 solar terms. As a lunar month is on average 0.
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To prevent the lunar calendar from becoming more than half a month of sync with the solar calendar, an extra "leap month" is added in the Chinese calendar every 32 or 33 months. So every second or third Chinese calendar year has 13 months and — days. Basics Face Shapes. You can use our Chinese Farmer's Almanac calendar Tung Shing or Tung Shu to find out things suggested to do or not to do for each day, and holidays and solar terms in each month.
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