Sunday, February 10, 2013
Today is...Chinese New Year
Today is Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake. What is your Chinese Zodiac?
Chinese New Year is the first day of the year according to the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar.
A Lunisolar calendar is a Lunar calendar that adds an extra month when needed to realign the months with the seasons.
Lunar calendars, with out the leap-month of the Lunisolar calendar, are based solely on the lunar phase cycle, causing the months to drift off season.
The calendar that is most commonly used is the solar calendar, which includes the Gregorian and Julian calendars.
The Gregorian calendar is the de facto international standard calendar.
Islamic calendars are lunar calendars that are used to determine the proper day on which to celebrate Islamic holy days and festivals.
Likewise, the Hebrew calendar is used to Jews worldwide for religious and culture affairs.
The hardest holiday to figure out on the Gregorian calendar is Easter Sunday, as it is based on the full moon cycle and can be anywhere from March 22 to April 25 in Western culture.