Calculate Chinese Lunar Date

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What is the Chinese Lunar Date?

Modern China, like the vast majority of countries in the world, utilizes the Gregorian calendar—our standard solar-based calendar—as its primary means of tracking time throughout the year. That means January 1 in Paris is also January 1 in Beijing.

The traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar—is a distinct and separate timekeeping method from the aforementioned Gregorian calendar. To this day, the Chinese calendar is used on a daily basis in China to track birthdays, Chinese holidays, and more.

The Chinese calendar year ends with the last winter month which is called 腊月 (là yuè). Since 12 lunar months do not add up to a full solar year, a leap month (闰月 rùn yuè) is added every three years.

How old is the Chinese Lunar Date Calendar?

This calendar can be traced back to the 14th century B.C. Myths say that Emperor Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, in 2637 B.C. invented the Chinese lunar calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon.

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