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Lunar New Year is the beginning of a year whose months are coordinated by the "cycles of the moon. The whole year may account to a purely "lunar calendar or a "lunisolar calendar.


The following "East Asian Lunar New Year celebrations are, or were historically, based on the traditional "Chinese lunisolar calendar (occurring in late January or early February):[1]

These "South Asian traditional lunisolar celebrations are observed according to the local lunisolar calendars. They are influenced by Indian tradition, which marks the solar new year on the sun's entry into Aries in April.

These "South and Southeast Asian New Year celebrations have dates based on the solar cycle ("solar new year"), but are part of the local lunisolar calendar system or were historically observed according to the local lunisolar calendars, and thus do not generally align with the first day of the lunisolar year. They are influenced by Indian (Indic) tradition (occurring on 13/14 April):

Lunar New Year celebrations that originated in "Western Asia fall on other days:

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  1. ^ Wamg, Frances Kai-Hwa (2017-01-23). "10 Lunar New Year facts to help answer your pressing questions". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  2. ^ DuBois, Jill (2004). Korea. Volume 7 of Cultures of the world (illustrated, revised ed.). Marshall Cavendish. p. 114. "ISBN "978-0761417866. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
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