Chinese New Year and Chinese Calendar

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Chinese calendar

Chinese calendar has been in continuous use for centuries, which predates the International Calendar (based on the Grigorian Calendar) we use at the present day which goes back only some 425 years. The calendar measures time, from short durations of minutes and hours, to intervals of time measured in months, years and centuries, entirely based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars. Read more about it.

When is the Chinese New Year's Day in Year 2005?

February 9, 2005 is the first day of the new year. There are three ways to name a Chinese year:

By an animal (like a mscot). The new year is known as the Year of the Rooster. There are 12 animal names; so by this system, year names are re-cycled every 12 years. More.

By its Former Name. The new year is the year of Yiyou. By this system, the Name of the Year is repeated and re-cycled every 60 years.

It is Year 4702 by Chinese calendar.

When is the Chinese New Year's Day in Year 2004?

January 22,2004. This is the first day in the Year of the Monkey. It is Year 4701 by Chinese calendar.

What's special about the Chinese New Year in 2004?

It was a Leap Year! Unlike the western calendar, where one extra day is added in February, one whole leap month is added in a Chinese Leap Year. Just think. If you get paid by the month, instead of working an extra day for nothing, you would get an extra month's pay !!!

This time around, the Leap Month comes after the regular 2-nd Month. The "Leap Second Month" begins on March 21, 2004. Read more about this here And here.

When was the Chinese New Year's Day in Year 2003?

February 1, 2003. It was the first day in the Year of the Ram (sheep, goat). This is Year 4700 by Chinese calendar.

When was the Chinese New Year's Day in Year 2002?

February 12, 2002. It was the first day in the Year of the Horse. It is Year 4699 by Chinese calendar. For those interested in astrology, it is the year of the Black Horse.

When was the Chinese New Year's Day in Year 2001?

January 24, 2001. This was the first day in the Year of the Snake. This is Year 4698. [Some says this is Year 4638, which is also plausible. Others claim this year to be either 4699 or 4399, which are almost certainly wrong.]

What's special about the Chinese New Year in 2001?

It was a Leap Year! Unlike the western calendar, where one extra day is added in February, one whole leap month is added in a Chinese Leap Year. Just think. If you get paid by the month, instead of working an extra day for nothing, you would get an extra month's pay !!!

This time around, the Leap Month comes after the regular 4-th Month. The "Leap 4-th Month" begins on May 23, 2001. More about this...

 

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