Tag Archives: Calendar

Chinese New Year Series III

In our previous post we already discussed such esoteric terms as heavenly stems and terrestrial branches, but I am afraid there is more to come. In order to understand the many roles that the traditional calendar has in China, as well as understand the rules that govern how the calendar is set up, we will Read More…

Chinese New Year Series II

The basic unit of the Chinese calendar is 日 (Rì) which means ‘the sun’ and we translate it as ‘a day’. A day was defined as a period of time which involves the exchange between the light and the darkness. The astronomers then had to decide when exactly should a day start and end . Read More…

Chinese New Year Series I

We are approaching the Chinese Spring Festival (春节 ChūnJié) or the Chinese New Year. The coming year, celebrated on the 19th of February, will be the  year of the goat (羊 Yáng). 19th February must sound like an odd date to celebrate the beginning of something, but let’s see what are the reasons behind it. Read More…

Chinese Calendar

Like everything else in China, the Chinese calendar is also super old (accounts differ: some say 2000 years ago, some 4500 years ago). In former times, this calendar was like an almanac, full of useful tips for farmers, as well as weather predictions and inauspicious or auspicious signs – the auspicious days can still be Read More…

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