torsdag 3 mars 2016

Mandopop: Zhengyue Shiwu (正月十五)

Just as the muslim calendar, the Chinese calendar is lunarbased, and it would mean that the New Year would move around the year just as Ramadan does, but instead China (like the Gregorian calendar) inserts extra time. In China this means one extra lunar month every three years, and this reduces the New Year to vary between January 19th and February 18th.
So, the New Year falls on a new moon and it formally lasts 15 days when there is the by now rather famous Lantern Festival which has been popularized and spread to many countries in the world. This date is called "正月十五" which literally means "First Month 15th", which also (this was one long preamble...) is the name of the duo singing the catchy "Little Grape", just released suitably enough during the Lantern Festival.

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