Lunisolar Calendar New Year

This year is the year of the rooster.  Image from Wikipedia.

This year is the “year of the rooster.” Image from Wikipedia.

The Lunisolar Calendar New Year, otherwise known as Chinese New Year, will take place toward the end of the month.  The lunisolar calendar was developed and used around the world in multiple locations since antiquity.  Lunar calendars are based on the cycling of the moon’s phases.  The various lunisolar systems go one step beyond the lunar calendar by incorporating aspects of the solar year.  The currently most common Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar.

In maintaining a strong connection with the moon’s cycles, the lunisolar calendar provides a system often more in sync with a maritime society than the Gregorian calendar.  Movements of tides and fish are often in direct relation with the moon.  Surrounded by ocean in all directions, Okinawa Prefecture has always made use of the lunisolar calendar with many events still celebrated today.

The Chinese New Year is perhaps the most well-known lunisolar-calendar event.  Countries influenced by Chinese culture often enjoy a vacation period surrounding the festival.  Many of such countries happen to be in close proximity to Okinawa, and the prefecture sees a boost of visitors during Chinese New Year period.

The first day of the Chinese New Year will be January 28 (Sat.)  People from regions including China, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong often have multiple days for vacation before and after the New Year Festival.  The Zamami Times recommends that those travelling to Zamami and in Okinawa make reservations as soon as possible as things may become booked full sooner than expected.



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