Chinese New Year

According to The Chinese Calendar, 2005 is the year of Rooster, lunar year of 4,703.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar, The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, with the start of the lunar year being based on the cycles of the moon. Therefore, because of this cyclical dating, the beginning of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. This year it falls on February 5. A complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five cycles of 12 years each. Months of 29 or 30 days begin on days of astronomical New Moons, with an intercalary month being added every two or three years.

The Gregorian calendar is used in China for administrative purposes, the traditional Chinese calendar is used for setting traditional festivals and for timing agricultural activities in the countryside. The Chinese calendar is also used by Chinese communities around the world.

Chinese Sexagenary Cycle of Days and Years

Celestial Stems Earthly Branches
  1. Jia
  2. Yi
  3. Bing
  4. Ding
  5. Wu
  6. Ji
  7. Geng
  8. Xin
  9. Ren
  10. Gui
  1. zi (rat)
  2. chou (ox)
  3. yin (tiger)
  4. mao (hare)
  5. chen (dragon)
  6. si (snake)
  7. wu (horse)
  8. wei (sheep)
  9. shen (monkey)
  10. you (rooster)
  11. xu (dog)
  12. hai (boar)

Year Names

1. jia-zi 2. yi-chou 3. bing-yin 4. ding-mao
5. wu-chen 6. ji-si 7. geng-wu 8. xin-wei
9. ren-shen 10. gui-you 11. jia-xu 12. yi-hai
13. bing-zi 14. ding-chou 15. wu-yin 16. ji-mao
17. geng-chen 18. xin-si 19. ren-wu 20. gui-wei
21. jia-shen 22. yi-you 23. bing-xu 24. ding-hai
25. wu-zi 26. ji-chou 27. geng-yin 28. xin-mao
29. ren-chen 30. gui-si 31. jia-wu 32. yi-wei
33. bing-shen 34. ding-you 35. wu-xu 36. ji-hai
37. geng-zi 38. xin-chou 39. ren-yin 40. gui-mao
41. jia-chen 42. yi-si 43. bing-wu 44. ding-wei
45. wu-shen 46. ji-you 47. geng-xu 48. xin-hai
49. ren-zi 50. gui-chou 51. jia-yin 52. yi-mao
53. bing-chen 54. ding-si 55. wu-wu 56. ji-wei
57. geng-shen 58. xin-you 59. ren-xu 60. gui-hai

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