Why Does the Chinese New Year Move Around?

By Raymond Lee

Every year, the Chinese New Year comes several days earlier than it did the year before. If you’re wondering why, it’s because the Chinese year is shorter than the western year. Of course, something has to be done or the Chinese New Year will just keep moving up. The Chinese calendar compensates for that by having a leap year every 12 years (I think). And during a leap year, there are actually 13 months. That’s why if you look at the movement of the Chinese New Year from year to year, you will see it come earlier and earlier, and then suddenly, boom, it gets pushed back by almost a month, and the cycle repeats.

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2 Responses to “Why Does the Chinese New Year Move Around?”

  1. Ray Says:

    The Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar Year, so it starts on the first day of the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice (another Chinese Holiday). The problem is the lunar cycle is 354 days in 12 months and the regular year is 365 days. So about every 3 years they have a leap month.

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  2. Tiga Says:

    I don’t think they would faovur being compared to an Ox.Are the Chinese New Year celebrations going the way of the western world and Christmas. Is it losing it’s traditional values to the 21st century China and it’s new prosperity, I wonder.A day off today so perhaps I’ll celebrate by dipping a few prawn crackers in my lager….Good luck…Martyn.Hoo Dons last blog post..

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