Happy lunar new year!

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The lunar new year is commonly referred to as Chinese New Year in Singapore and some other countries. However, they're not really the same thing. Lunar refers to the moon. Many people assume that the Chinese follow only the lunar calendar but that's not true. The Chinese used both the lunar and the solar calendars and also had other types of calendar systems during different periods of time - as mandated by the reigning emperor. In the same way, the Western and European countries did not always use the current Western calendar which we all use now with 365/366 days. As we all know, there are 365/366 days per year in this calendar because that's the amount of time taken for the earth to rotate around the sun. The amount of sunlight hitting the earth while the earth rotates on a tilted axis determines seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter.

The Chinese of today (in China) refer to the festival as the spring festival - marking the first day of spring. But first day of the lunar year is not the same as the first day of spring either! The first day of spring is 4th February each year according to the Gregorian calendar with 365/366 days which we use - the date doesn't change. By the way, the Chinese aren't the only people who celebrate the spring festival. The Koreans and Japanese do too.

So to be precise, we should call the festival that we celebrate today the lunar new year. It is indeed the first day of the lunar calendar.

I wish you a happy and prosperous lunar new year!

(I know that sounds uncreative as it's always printed in greeting cards but all of us want to be happy and to prosper. Prosperity is more than just having money. It's also about our quality of life and mental state of mind.)

4 comments:

David said...

Yu-Kym,

May you, family and friends truly enjoy a Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year.

You are a great of example of a peaceful, fullfilled an prosperous young women.

May this New Year build upon all the previous years!

David


When we travel life's roads with those we love, the point of
destination is always secondary to the quality of the journey.


-- Mary Prince

Yu-Kym said...

Thanks David! I wish you and your family a great new year too!

~Pink Miu Miu~ said...

Happy New Year babe!
Wish you and your family many happy and blessed years ahead..

Btw i enjoyed reading your book esp the BJ part :P .. also some new stuff i din know about.

Yu-Kym said...

Pink Miu Miu, thanks! I wish you wonderful years ahead :) I'm happy to hear you enjoyed reading my book :)