Understanding Chinese Calendars

By: Henry KH Fong

Chinese calendars have been around since 2600 BC. This makes the Chinese New Year the longest record of time in history. In fact, it is even the largest chronological record. It began when Emperor Huang Ti first introduced the cycle of the zodiac, which is still in place today. The Chinese calendar is actually quite similar to the Western calendar. Known specifically as the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it is a yearly record of time. As the name suggests, it is based on the cycles of the moon.

In Western calendar, as many of us know have different names for each month, the Chinese calendar is exactly the same, they just name their months after animals. Each animal represents one of the animals that visited Buddha before he left earth or at least that is how the story is told.

Thus is the reasoning behind the Chinese zodiac, which is tied in with the calendar. Many Chinese beliefs maintain that the animal names connected to the calendar are hugely influential for the people who were born in those years. It can affect everything from personality to preferences.

Over a fifth of the world's population is Chinese. That is how many people celebrate the Chinese New Year and ascribe to the associated calendar. Mind, they do not solely rely on the Lunar calendar. The Gregorian system a majority of the rest of the world uses is used by the Chinese for civil purposes. At its most basic point, the Chinese calendar determines the timing of the culture's various festivals.

The zodiac is not the only thing which governs this calendar. Certain aspects of astronomy also play a part in it. Notably, the phases of the moon and the sun's longitude play a huge role in determining the Lunar calendar. As you might imagine, the system has thus been greatly influenced by certain aspects of science.

With the Gregorian calendar, the first of the month begins on the first day of the month - naturally. Under the system used by the Chinese calendar, however, the first day of the month coincides with the day of the new moon. Similarly, the longitude of the sun is used to determine important days of the year.

So, one year in every twelve is devoted to a particular animal under the Chinese calendar. This year, 2009, is devoted to the Ox. The years 1987 and 1965 were also devoted to the Ox. People who are born in 2009 will likewise be born under the sign of the Ox.

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