New Year 2018

Lunar Calendar

Lunar CalendarA Lunar Calendar indicates the moon phase. It is synchronized with the movement of moon. The best example of the Lunar calendar is the Islamic Calendar.

Most lunar calendars are also lunisolar, such as the Hebrew, Chinese and Hindu calendar. The reason for this is that a year is not evenly divisible by an exact number of lunations, so without any correction the calendar year will drift with respect to the seasons.

Islamic Lunar Calendar

This calendar consists of 12 months based on the movement of the moon. The calendar has 354 days because an average synodic month has 29.53 days. Islamic Calendar is slightly shorter than a tropical year. It is sacredly observed by the Muslims. Thus, it is mostly used for religious purposes.

Chinese Lunar Calendar

The Chinese lunar New Year is based on the cycles of the moon. It was introduced by the Emperor Huang Ti in 2600BC. Thus, the cyclical dating determines the beginning of the New Year. It varies every year and can fall between late January and the mid February. A complete cycle takes 60 years made up of five cycles of 12 years each.

Determining the start of Lunar month

Some Lunar Calendars are determined by the day during which movement of the new moon arrives while other Lunar Calendars are based on the first-sighting of the Lunar crescent. The difference in Lunar Calendars occurs with the day selected as the first day of the month.

There are no fixed arithmetical rules to the Lunar Calendar as the observations are uncertain and depend upon weather conditions. The length of a month cycle is difficult to predict and varies from its average value.

The average length of the Lunar month is 29 and 30 days as the average length of the synodic month (the mean interval between conjunctions of the Moon and Sun corresponding to the cycle of lunar phases) is 29.5 days.