What You Do Not Know About The Chinese Lunar Calendar

Filed under: Chinese Calendar - 21 Aug 2012  | Spread the word !

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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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Chinese Lunar Calendar

Filed under: Chinese Calendar - 18 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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Many people believe that the lunar calendar is something exclusive to the Chinese culture. Many of the Asian cultures have been making use of the lunar calendar for centuries. The Chinese lunar calendar is however taken as a major aspect of their culture and it is something that is still in practice today. Actually, the Chinese lunar calendar draws upon certain elements from the solar calendar as well. This type of calendar that combines both lunar and solar elements is called a lunisolar calendar.


The Chinese make use of this calendar to calculate an auspicious date for holding special events such as marriage ceremonies or starting up a new business. The Chinese rely very much on this type of calendar for basically any type of activity. The lunar calendar is also the measure for the different phases of the moon as the new month always begins with new moon.

Main Features of the Chinese Lunar Calendar

  • The Chinese calendar is divided into 12 lunar months of 29 or 30 days, just like the Gregorian one. The full moon ideally falls on the 15th day of the month, but more often than not, it doesn’t. In order for the seasons not to get out of wack, an extra month is added every three years.
  • The Chinese years are organised into 60 year calendar cycles. That means five times the 12 year Chinese zodiac cycle. The current 60 year cycle extends from 1996 to 2055.
  • The traditional Chinese zodiac merges with the animal zodiac, together with the five elements: water, fire, metal, earth and wood. Therefore, you can have the year of the metal rooster that runs on a 6 year cycle.

Origins of the Chinese Lunar Calendar

  • In 1400 BC, the Chinese had established a solar year with 365 days. In order to keep the sun and moon in synchronisation, they inserted two months every five years. Aside from the ancient Chinese, other people who used the 365 lunar calendar were the Hindus, Egyptians and the Babylonians. 
  • The first year marked in the Chinese calendar coincided with the reign of the first Chinese emperor, in 2.698 BC. That was the starting point for the Chinese Calendar. From that day on, they started counted the years. Now, in 2012, the Chinese people are actually in 4710.
  • In order to make this system more accessible for people, the Chinese thought about introducing animals. The use of animals and elements developed into telling fortunes, analysing personalities, and accessing compatibility between people.

Bizarre Superstitions Related to the Chinese Calendar


  • Some Chinese women give birth prematurely by a Caesarean operation to ensure their children have lucky birthdays. 
  • The year of the Dragon is considered one of the best ones to have children. The year 2000 knew a huge baby boom.
  • Couples try to get married on auspicious days foretold by fortune-tellers. Depending on the day, month, and year the bride and groom were born, the fortune-teller decides whether the two are compatible or not.
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