A lunar calendar is based on cycles of the lunar phase and one of the most famous calendar of this type is the Chinese Lunar Calendar. This calendar has established a solar year with 365 fays by 1400 BC. Plus, it has been devised in 2357 BC by a legendary emperor, but there’s nothing sure about it.
Later, the calendar was revised and extra months were added every 19 years. The first year of this type of calendar is the first year of the reign of China’s first legendary Emperor in 2,698 B.C. There are many legends about the famous emperor, but no exact evidence.
Until the fall of the Last Emperor and the founding of the Republic China that took place in 1911, this country used a very complicated calendar that was combining the system of the reign years of emperors with the lunar calendar.
In the Chinese 60-year cyclical calendar, dynasties were associated with Taoism and for many centuries, debates over dynastic legitimacy were translated into the language of the five elements, while unclear things were explained with including quasi “leap years”.
Even after China adopted the solar year in 1911, it still used dates that were beginning with the founding of Republic. Moreover, the government switched over to the “New Style” Gregorian calendar in 1949, after the Communist takeover.
Awkward Things In China Related To The Lunar Calendar
- Age is determined from the moment of conception and not from the moment when birth takes place
- The 3rd and the 17th days of the months are unlucky
- There are a few Chinese women that gave birth to their child prematurely just to ensure that the baby has a lucky birthday
- The year of Dragon is considered perfect to have children
- Many people believe indeed in horoscopes and they don’t read them just for fun
- Couples get married on lucky fays foretold by fortunetellers
If you are fascinated by the moon and by this type of calendar, there are many online versions of it. A lunar calendar will help you find out which are the lucky and unlucky days and what to avoid. Even if you have only basic astrological knowledge, you will discover a lot of interesting things.
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