The Chinese Calendar
The Chinese calendar is based on the moon phase and the season of the solar year. It incorporates elements of a lunar calendar with those of a solar calendar. In modern China, the solar or Gregorian calendar is used for most day-to-day activities, but the Chinese calendar is still used for marking traditional Chinese holidays such as Chinese New Year, Duan Wu festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is also used in Chinese Astrology, especially when choosing the most auspicious date for opening a business or setting a wedding date.
The twelve animal signs of Chinese Astrology are based on the Chinese calendar. Unlike the solar calendar, which is fixed at 365 days except for leap year, the lunar calendar is based on phases of the moon and is less than 365 days. When synchronizing the Chinese calendar with the solar calendar, one leap month in the lunar calendar occurs every few years. As a result, the Chinese New Year is never a fixed date on the solar calendar; rather, it usually falls between mid January and late February on the solar calendar. According to Chinese Astrology, if you were born in January or February, you must consult the Chinese calendar to see when the Chinese New Year falls to learn if your animal sign is the present year or the previous year in Chinese Astrology.
Discover what 2014 holds for you through your Chinese animal forecasts.