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Happy Chinese New Year!

The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used calendar in the world with a new year beginning on each 1 January. It is a solar calendar determining the length of the year by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and its months not corresponding to the phases of the Moon.

Some countries however also use other types of calendars. The Chinese calendar, for example, is a lunisolar calendar. Months are based on the orbit of the Moon around the Earth and years on the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. Months begin on the day of a New Moon and years on the New Moon between 21 January and 20 February.

While China in general uses the Gregorian calendar, the traditional Chinese calendar is used to determine holidays, the most famous probably being the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year also marks the beginning of the Spring Festival, a two weeks event ending with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the year. In 2019, the Chinese New Year is today, February 5, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Pig, commonly associated with prosperity.

恭賀新禧/恭贺新禧
Gōnghè xīnxǐ
Happy New Year!

Photograph of the setting Sun over Mount Rainier.

Lately over Washington State. It was cloudy below and Mount Rainier just barely got its peak through the blanket of clouds. The Sun was about to set and sent its last rays above the mountaintop. The fading light left the mountain just a silhouette. But the world above was still golden and sparkling.

'Sun and Moon' now available in the USSun and Moon has been in print and available in bookstores and online in Germany since early December. The new year finally sees the book available in the United States as well. You can find it at my favorite Missoula bookstore Shakespeare & Co. or on Amazon. On Amazon you can also look inside the book from your favorite electronic device 🙂

Happy New Year 2019!

Wishing you all a very happy New Year with lots of sunshine 🙂

Christmas Greetings

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!