Friday, February 19, 2016

The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar which reckons years, months and days according to astronomical phenomena. It is used for traditional activities in China and overseas Chinese communities. It determines the dates of traditional Chinese holidays, and guides Chinese people in selecting the luckiest days for weddings, travel, moving, or beginning a business.
In the Chinese calendar, the days begin and end at midnight. The months begin on the day with the new moon.
The present Chinese calendar is the product of centuries of evolution. Many astronomical and seasonal factors were added by ancient scientists, and people can reckon the date of natural phenomena such as the moon phase and tide upon the Chinese calendar.

The above is derived from Wikipedia here.

The following are my own views:

I ever heard people say that during the 1st and 15th Day of Chinese Month, important events and disasters tend to happen, true enough, the 2004 Tsunami happened on the 15th Day in November of the Chinese Calendar (Boxing Day in 2004). This is because on the 1st and 15th Day, there will always be high tide. So people usually avoid taking the ferry on these days.

Sometimes Chinese Calendar can be super accurate in predicting which day there will be heavy rain, I was surprised to see my Chinese Calendar predict that tonight there will be heavy rain and true enough it rained the whole day today. So the Chinese Calendar also functions as a weather forecaster here.

Funny side of it, I ever saw in the Chinese Calendar that says certain days are auspicious days to take a bath, don't we take a bath everyday and do we have to select an auspicious day to take a bath, muahaha.

I like to study the Chinese Calendar and I have a Chinese Calendar App in my mobile phone.

How about you, do you believe in Chinese Calendar?


Rose said...

I dont read Chinese so I dont have Chinese calendar or understand it. My mum has it and when my girl was younger and we went over there, my girl will requested to tear the paper and doodle on it. Lol.

I remember many years back there was one Chinese calendar that incorporate some English translation so I knew what dos and dons.

CL (RealGunners) said...

Actually people of ancient China really don't take baths everyday. Water was scarce, you know, like those movies/drama series show, they have to carry water from the river a few kilometers away sometimes. In fact even today, if you go out of the big cities in China, you will find that a lot of the folks there take a bath maybe like once a week or so. Because it is cold and people don't sweat like how we do in Malaysia/Singapore so it is somewhat alright.

So yeah, it makes sense to have auspicious bath days.

[SK] said...

the thing that i find very amazing is how the Chinese calendar is how they can predict the climate and weather, like it's always hot and humid in certain days, raining in certain days.. and the festive always fall on that few days of the Gregorian calendar without big deviation..

mun said...

whatever we choose to believe will be true for us.

Nancy Chan said...

I don't read Chinese but I have "Horse Racing" calendar in my house.

Merryn said...

I think the taking bath part is only applicable in China during the cold season. Spore and Msia are too humid for us. If we don't shower for a day can smell like a goat already :D

ChrisAu said...

Not so believe in it though I know the first day and 15 day will have the full moon when you look at the sky!

Twilight Man said...

Of course I believe the Chinese calendars and Feng Shui 100%. They have accurately calculated the dates of full moons since thousand years ago without a single mistake. They could also calculate many other matters which sadly, not all would want to believe due to religious issues.

Phong Hong said...

I can't read Chinese, so I am missing out a lot on the informative Chinese calendar.