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CHINESE NEW YEAR

Chinese New Year is the first day of the lunar year which occurs on the New Moon near Ground Hog Day.  Because the first day of each lunar month starts with the New Moon, the Chinese New Year always occurs on a new moon in late January or early February.   Festivities usually starts on this first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.

The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements.  The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days.  The solar cycle is 365 and 1/4 days.  In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (usually seven years out of every 19 years).  This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year.  This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

Chinese greet each other with well wishes, including good fortune and blessings during Chinese New Year.  Several of these greeting involves numbers.  Below are ten Chinese New Year Greetings involving numbers one thru ten:

一帆风顺
二龙鹰飞
三羊开泰
四季平安
五福临门
六六大顺
七星高照
八方来财
九九同心
十全十美

 

 

 

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