Chinese New Year is the main holiday of the year for more than one quarter of the world’s population. February 3, 2011 is the first day of the Chinese new year – Year of the Rabbit. Although the People’s Republic of China uses the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes, a special Chinese calendar is used for determining festivals. Various Chinese communities around the world also use this calendar.
The beginnings of the Chinese calendar can be traced back to the 14th century B.C.E. Legend has it that the Emperor Huangdi invented the calendar in 2637 B.C.E.
The Chinese calendar is based on exact astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and the phases of the moon. This means that principles of modern science have had an impact on the Chinese calendar.
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- What Does the Chinese Year Look Like?
- What Years Are Leap Years?
- How Does One Count Years?
- What Is the Current Year in the Chinese Calendar?
- What about the year 2033?
- When did the calendar really start?
- What was the early Chinese calendar?
- Details of early calendars
- When were foreign calendars introduced?