The Chinese Calendar

Chinese Calendar is a Lunisolar Calendar. Though Gregorian Calendar is followed by the Chinese Government, the Chinese Calendar is used for determining traditional holidays and lucky days by the Chinese people allover the world.

Days in Chinese calendar

A day in Chinese calendar starts on the midnight and ends on midnight.

Weeks in Chinese calendar

In Chinese culture people consider Monday as their first day of the week. The days of the week are simply numbered and called first day, second day and so on till Saturday. Sunday is called roughly meaning as 'star period day'.

Week day number Pinyin English
1 xīng qí yī Monday
2 xīng qí èr Tuesday
3 xīng qí sān Wednesday
4 xīng qí sì Thursday
5 xīng qí wǔ Friday
6 xīng qí liù Saturday
7 xīng qí rì Sunday

Months alternate between 29 days and 30 days. Months in Chinese Calendar start on the new moon day and end on the previous day to the next new moon day. Every month has one or more solar terms. Each month is divided into 3 parts: Early xún, Mid xún and Late xún.

Years in Chinese calendar

The Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the first lunar month as per the Chinese calendar. Rulers of early Chinese Kingdom named years after their own names. Every 60 years, the year names are repeated in Chinese Calendar. Common years have 12 months and the leap years have 13 months in Chinese Calendar.

When a leap month is added to a Chinese Year?

Count the number of new moon days from the 11th month in the first year till the start of the 11th month in the second year. If the new moon count is 13 it warrants that a leap month to be inserted resulting in a Lunar Leap year.


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