What is the Real Date for Chinese New Year ?
We all love to celebrate a New Years' arrival, and most everyone sets their sights on December 31st, as that is when the year changes to the new one right...?
Um.. not so fast there speedy...
January 1st is the beginning of the Gregorian calendar, also known as Western / Christian calendar. First designed by an Italian doctor, astronomer & philosopher Luigi Lilio, it was actually Pope Gregory XIII who introduced this calendar in February 1582 - 6 years after Lilio's death. Interesting that this was introduced in February...
Keep reading to find out why February is important!
The Chinese Calendar works with the Sun (Solar) and the Moon (Lunar) and this is where the confusion comes in, as the actual date moves a tad for these two, so let's talk about this together:
- The Solar calendar begins around February 4th, and is called Li Chun which means Beginning of Spring. This is where the New Year begins with a new ruling animal taking charge for the next 12 months.
- First full day of the Solar Year is February 4th 2019, and is Ji Hai - Earth Pig Year.
This is particularly important for Feng Shui, as the energies for the year reposition themselves at this time ~ somewhat like re-shuffling a board of directors and setting a new agenda. There is a new CEO in town ready to lead the other board members uniquely under specific guidance.
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- The Lunar calendar is slightly different, as it corresponds to the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice in December, is known as the Spring Festival and is when the major celebrations occur and is the more famous date.
- For 2019, the Lunar Chinese New Year begins February 5th.
The moon relates to our emotions, is the perfect time to celebrate lovingly with family & friends and is of great importance to many. This is when you see the loud fireworks, Dragon & Lion dances with special food items, all with intricate meaning and designed to shoo away the bad and welcome in the new!
The best way to remember this is to think of it in everyday terms. The Solar year is like Ikea coming to your town, where they set up shop, stock the shelves, position their staff and proceed as a Soft Opening.
The Lunar year is like the Grand Opening of Ikea with lots of PR, grandiose activities, food, people and general hullabaloo all around... It is the date everyone remembers... but the store was already open before then...
For 2019, both Solar and Lunar almost line up on the same day ~ pretty cool as that does not happen in many years!
Chinese New Year is a time of celebration, it is a time of loving connections, new beginnings and amazing opportunities. Start the day with a wonderful activity that is personal to you and your family, wear some red items and give thanks for all the wonders in your life.
Become more aware that you are in charge of your fortune each New Year, not the year itself. Put your best foot forward as it's time for you to lead the way!