The lunar calendar is also linked to the Chinese zodiac's 12 animal signs, therefore every 12 years is considered a cycle. The year 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, whereas the year 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. These are the only two possibilities because once you pick one, the other will be unable to happen.
There are five periods of 12 months each. They begin with the New Moon and end with the Full Moon. At the end of each period is the New Moon. Thus, at the end of each year is the New Moon which marks the beginning of a new period.
Lunar calendars were first used by ancient China and India. Today they are used in some parts of Asia and Africa.
In Europe, some countries use the solar calendar instead, but most countries still use the lunar calendar even though it has many disadvantages. For example, the lunar calendar fails to account for solar drift, which means that time passes more quickly or more slowly depending on where you are on Earth. It can also cause problems for those who work rotating shifts; since their days are not divided into morning and evening, they cannot observe New Year's resolutions such as "go to bed earlier" or "eat more vegetables."
Despite these difficulties, people continue to use the lunar calendar because it has several advantages.
Calendar and Zodiac Animals for the Chinese Lunar New Year
|If you were born on or between these dates you are:||Zodiac Animal and Characteristic|
|2011 February 3||2012 January 22||Rabbit|
|2010 February 14||2011 February 2||Tiger|
|2009 January 26||2010 February 13||Ox|
|2008 February 7||2009 January 25||Rat|
It is also known as the Lunar calendar, Yin calendar, Xia calendar, or the traditional Chinese calendar. Each Chinese calendar year has a zodiac sign, 12 or 13 months, and 29 or 30 days in each month. A year has 354 or 355 days if there are 12 months; a year has 383 or 384 days if there are 13 months. The actual number of days in a year varies by exactly 1 day every 4 years.
The Chinese lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, so it cannot exceed a year that has 366 or 367 days. The first month of the calendar is determined by the moon's position in relation to the Earth, not its size. The moon can be small, medium, or large at its full moon. Thus, the calendar will vary depending whether 9 or 10, 24 or 25, or 33 or 34 days have passed since the previous full moon.
In addition to having different numbers of days in a year, Chinese calendars also differ from year to year in the month they begin with the new year. The order in which the months appear in a calendar does not have any significance. However, it is usually January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October in order of appearance.
The solar term calendar is used in conjunction with the lunar calendar to determine what days people will be able to work, when festivals will fall, et cetera.
The Chinese Year of the Ox Each year is allocated one of the Zodiac's 12 signs. The Chinese year 2021 is the Year of the Ox, which begins on February 12, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022. The Year of the Tiger will begin on February 1, 2022, and end on January 21, 2023.
The lunar new year is the most important date in the Chinese calendar, except for National Day on October 1st. It is a public holiday in China, and a period of celebration with family and friends. Retail businesses close for the day, and many factories and offices are also closed.
In China, there are many traditional customs associated with the new year. One of the most popular is throwing rice at someone who has done you some harm or is considered to be your enemy. This is supposed to bring good fortune to you; however, it can also be used as a way to avoid conflict with someone. In addition, people give gifts to each other to show their appreciation or seek help from others. Finally, families get together to eat zongzi, which are small cakes containing dried fruit and nuts.
According to an ancient Chinese belief, animals of the zodiac were first assigned when the world was created. The zodiac animals for 2021 are the Rat and the Ox. These two animals share the same zodiac sector (Tiger) but have different years (21 for the Rat, 202 for the Ox).