Chinese calendar

Chinese New Year is the most imperative and imperial occasion of the conventional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also considered as "Spring Festival," as the literal meaning of the Chinese term  ?? (Pinyin: Chun Jié), due to the differentiation amid Western and traditional Chinese ways for calculating the seasons.

It symbolizes the closing stages of the frosty season, bringing in the Western carnival. The festival commences on the first day of the first month itself (Chinese: ??; pinyin: Zheng Yuè) in the conventional Chinese calendar and concludes with Lantern Festival which falls on the day 15 with the brightest moon at the night. Chinese New Years Eve is the most awaited occasion in the Chinese calendar. It is a day of the annual get-together for the Chinese people paving a way to the thanks giving and reunion party concluding with a dinner, is also known as Chú Xi (??) and if decoding in English it is the "Eve of the Passing Year". Since, the Chinese calendar is lunisolar the Chinese New Year is also called as the "Lunar New Year". It is also considered as the way of honoring ancestors and Gods.

Chinese New Year takes its position with the full moon night and ends on the full moon night.  The carnival is celebrated for the 15 consecutive days. In china, it is considered the most grandiose festival thus; it stands out as the most awaited festival by everybody.

It is also called the spring season as it starts with ending the winters. The Chinese New Year is connected with the lunar-solar calendar and is followed accordingly. This time calls for honoring the divine deities and the ancestors combining it with a family reunions and family dinners.

The countries, which have accepted the Confucian and Buddhism tradition and are influenced by the Chinese, also employ the lunar calendar. It begins on the first day of the new moon and ends with the Lantern Festival on the full moon night. Each lunation is of about 29.53 days in duration. In compliance with the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates every year, somewhere between January 21 and February 21.

The Year 2012 is the 4709th Chinese year. Here below, is the Chinese lunar calendar with its animal signs, dates and years.

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