Lunar/Chinese New Year
Happy Lunar New Year
To those in the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan and Vietnamese communities (and perhaps even more), today, February 19, is a very special day. Some may refer to it as 'Chinese New Year' and others as 'Lunar New Year'. Regardless of what you call it, to all those that are celebrating; a very Happy New Year to you and your family. I am told that this celebration is all about family and with Family Day just having passed this long weekend in Canada, how nice it is to see another occasion that celebrates families as well.
A Little History
"Lunar New Year is the first day of a secular, sacred, or other year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon. The whole year may account to a purely lunar calendar, which is not coordinated to a solar calendar (and, thus, may progress or retrogress through the solar year by comparison to it, depending on whether the lunar calendar has more or fewer than 13 months); or the year may account to a lunisolar calendar, whose months coordinate to the cycles of the moon but whose length is periodically adjusted to keep it relatively in sync with the solar year - typically by adding an intercalary month, when needed."