Chinese Calendar 农历 nónglì

The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar formed by combining a purely lunar calendar with a solar calendar. Among Chinese, the calendar is not used for most day to day activities, but is used for the dating of holidays such as Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) and the Mid-Autumn Festival and for divination, including choosing the most auspicious date for a wedding or the grand opening of a building.

The primary use in day to day activities is for determining the phase of the moon, which is important for farmers and is possible because each day in the calendar corresponds to a particular phase of the month.

We also call it the Lunisolar which means it is based on the exact astronomical observations of the moon’s phases and the sun’s longitude. The years coincide with the tropical year. Hence it has somewhat similarities to Jewish calendar in terms of 12 months (with 353-355 days) in an ordinary year, while 13 months (383-385 days) for a leap year. The many Chinese terms we use to describe this day are: Chinese New Year (Chinese: 春节, Chūnjíe; 农历新年, Nónglì Xīnnián; or 过年, Guònián), also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival.

In 2017, the Chinese New Year is on 28th January. Here you can see the pdf version of the Chinese calendar. Can you find the date marked with 春节?

Aren't you curious about your age based on the Chinese Calendar? Click here for an online Chinese Age calculator where you can find out at a click!

If you are planning to get married this year, and want to know the auspicious dates to pick from, here is an Online Almanac Calendar

Chūyī (初一)
Chūèr (初二)
Chūsān (初三)
Chūsì (初四)
Chūwǔ (初五)
Chūlìu (初六)
Chūqī (初七)
Chūbā (初八)
Chūjǐu (初九)
Chūshí (初十)    
Shíyī (十一)
Shíèr (十二)
Shísān (十三)
Shísì (十四)
Shíwǔ (十五)
Shílìu (十六)
Shíqī (十七)
Shíbā (十八)
Shíjǐu (十九)  
Èrshí (二十)  
Niànyī (廿一)
Niànèr (廿二)
Niànsān (廿三)
Niànsì (廿四)
Niànwǔ (廿五)
Niànlìu (廿六)
Niànqī (廿七)
Niànbā (廿八)
Niànjǐu (廿九)
Sānshí (三十)


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