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Chinese Lunar Calendar: Know the Auspicious Time for Chinese Weddings & Birthdays

In this update we will talk about Chinese Lunar Calendar and it traditional uses. Along with the Vedic and Western astrology, Chinese astrology has been around for thousands of years. The traditional China Calendar or Lunar Calendar, Traditional Calendar or Former Calendar is a lunisolar calendar which calculates days, months, and years using the astronomical phenomena. The Chinese lunar calendar is a lunisolar calendar, is created on the movement of the moon. It shows traditional holidays, Chinese 24 solar terms, and helps to identify an auspicious day for important activities such as weddings, pregnancy, marriage proposal, travelling, etc.

Each time the moon moves into line with the Earth and the sun a new month begins, and this is called 'Chu Yi' or 'Shuo Ri' (the first day of a lunar month). The Summer Solstice and in other terms the longest day of the year is the 21st or 22nd of June, and the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year falls on December 21, 22, or 23. The year was divided into 24 equal parts and each form 24 solar terms using these two annual events. The first day of the Spring months (the first solar term) is considered the first lunar month, and Spring Festival is observed on that day and this varies between January 20th and February 20th.

24 solar terms are considered in order to bring the chinese lunar calendar in relation to the movement of earth around the sun and decide when a leap month has to be added. The Chinese horoscope uses animal zodiac signs that have been depicted in folklore stories and humans are interpreted with the different personality traits of these different animals. Western and Vedic astrology divides the astrological signs on the basis of months, while Chinese zodiac astrology divides the astrological signs on the basis of years. Chinese Calendar is as unique as the Eastern culture. Although all the three systems (Vedic, Western and Chinese) are based on time and date of birth, yet they are different from each other.

Chinese Lunar Calendar: Chinese Zodiac Signs:

Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig are the name of Chinese Zodiac signs. Chinese Lunar Calendar is widely observed by millions of people for Chinese zodiac horoscopes, especially in China, and it greatly affects the life and community of this country. For instance, those who are 'Rabbits' will be cheerful, outgoing, friendly, and sociable. The native's personality will also be described by his birth month and birth hour. According to the Chinese calendar, people born in the same year exhibits the same characteristics. There are 12 Chinese zodiac signs present in Chinese Calendar, and each astrological sign creates a recurring 12-year cycle with each year showing the characteristic traits of one animal sign.

The Year of the Pig will begin from February 5th, 2019, and will end on January 24th, 2020. This is because the Chinese zodiac year begins on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which observes on February 5th in 2019. The Pig is considered to be the twelfth animal present in the Chinese zodiac and the years of the Pig include 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, and so on.

Chinese Lunar Calendar: Chinese Calendar for Festivals and Lucky Dates

Though China uses the Gregorian calendar for most official and business purposes, the Chinese lunar calendar is still followed to discover the auspicious days of traditional festivals, such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year. It is also used to know the best time for celebrating birthdays and agricultural activities such as planting, harvesting and ploughing etc. The Chinese lunar calendar is very popular among the Chinese people for choosing auspicious dates for weddings, relocation, funerals, etc. This calendar is followed by other East Asian countries, including Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, and Korea.

Chinese Lunar Calendar: What's Your Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign?

Zodiac Animal Recent Years Characteristics Traits
Rat 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 Kind, quick-witted, resourceful, versatile
Ox 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021 Strong,hardworking, determined, dependable,
Tiger 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 Confident, brave,competitive
Rabbit 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023 Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible
Dragon 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024 Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic
Snake 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025 Intelligent, wise, mysterious
Horse 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026 Active, energetic, lively,
Goat 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027 Sympathetic, calm, gentle
Monkey 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028 Smart, curious, intelligent
Rooster 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029 Keen-observer, hardworking, courageous
Dog 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030 Lovely, honest, wise
Pig 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031 Generous, friendly, compassionate

Chinese Lunar Calendar: Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart

There are 12 zodiac animal signs in Chinese calendar (Chinese lunar calendar) and people born under each animal sign inhibit different characteristics traits. As per the Chinese astrology compatibility, the animal signs that are four years apart from each other are believed to show compatibility but are show incompatibility if they are six years apart.

Yes, with the help of this chinese zodiac compatibility chart, you would be able to check the compatibility to gain beneficial insights in life, for love or marriage. In fact, the zodiac compatibility can offer much-needed guidance for any relationship. Below is the Chinese zodiac compatibility chart designed to help people find their Chinese horoscope compatibilities or love compatibilities before going into a relationship. You can do a Chinese zodiac compatibility test between you and your partner through this Chinese zodiac compatibility chart.

Animal Sign Best Matches Worst Matches Just so-so
Rat Ox, Dragon, Monkey Rooster, Horse Rat, Tiger
Ox Rat, Snake, Rooster Dragon, Horse, Sheep, Tiger, Ox, Monkey
Tiger Dragon, Horse, Pig Tiger, Ox, Snake, Monkey Rat, Rabbit
Rabbit Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig Snake, Rooster Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Horse
Dragon Rooster, Rat, Monkey Ox, Sheep, Dog Rabbit, Horse
Snake Dragon, Rooster Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Pig Dog
Horse Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit Rat, Ox, Rooster, Horse Rabbit, Dragon, Monkey, Dog
Sheep Horse, Rabbit, Pig Ox, Tiger, Dog Rooster
Monkey Ox, Rabbit Tiger, Pig Horse, Rooster
Rooster Ox, Snake Rat, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster, Dog Sheep, Monkey, Pig
Dog Rabbit Dragon, Sheep, Rooster Ox, Snake, Horse, Dog
Pig Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep Snake, Monkey Rooster

Chinese Lunar Calendar: Four Groups of Chinese zodiac signs

The twelve animal chinese zodiac signs can be divided into four groups as per Chinese Lunar Calendar. The groups are based on the conclusion that each of the three animals show similar ways of thinking or temperament, or at least have the same level of intelligence and understanding. Group One: Rat, Dragon, Monkey

They are intelligent and action oriented. They can complement each other in intellect and show great compatibility with each other.

Group Two: Ox, Snake, Rooster

They are keen observant and always conscious about achieving their goals. They are supportive of each other in terms of intellect and habits.

Group Three: Tiger, Horse, Dog

They live their life like free spirits and hold a strong sense of personal ego. They have a great understanding with each other but sometimes there ego clashes.

Group Four: Rabbit, Sheep, Pig

They are peace lovers and believe in mutual cooperation. They are sympathetic and can make great pairs.

Chinese Lunar Calendar: Zodiac and Ying Yang

Being a part of Chinese astrology, Chinese zodiac animal signs are associated to the Wu Xing (the Five Elements) and Ying Yang and theories (mentioned in Chinese Lunar Calendar). One can exhibit the same level of temperament and learn from the positive attitudes of others as a complement.

Compatible Signs:

According to Chinese Lunar Calendar If you consider your own sign as number one, the fifth signs can either be counted clockwise or anti-clockwise. If you consider Ox sign, then Snake and Rooster are the most compatible signs with Ox. Hence, it is not an overstatement to say that the animal signs which are four years apart from each other are expected to form great compatibility.

Either Compatible or Incompatible:

The zodiac signs which are opposite to each other (i.e., 6 years apart) cannot mix well, but their relationship can be fine if the older yields to the younger one. For example, Rat and Horse.

Incompatible Combination:

If you consider your own sign as number one, the fourth signs can either be counted as clockwise or anti-clockwise and are very likely to show incompatibility ie., they are three years apart. For example, Rat vs Rabbit and Rooster.

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