Thomas Yung (
Tue, 30 Jan 2001 23:43:23 -0500

From: "-Z-" <>
To: <>
Subject: RE: [gundam] Happy New Year!
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 21:08:08 -0800

> Thomas Yung wrote:
> >>>Today's the first day of the Year of the Snake 4699. Enjoy!
> >>>
> >>>-Z-
> >Not according to an Asian calendar.
> Do the Japanese New Year co-incide with the Chinese New Year? I thought
> there are a few days' difference...
> Just to clarify, I don't think there is an "Asian
> Calendar". The Chinese New Year was last week. The Japanese (and
> Vietnamese etc etc) calendars are all based on the lunar calendar, but
> might be some minor difference between them all.

There's no "Asian Calendar" per se but there IS a "traditional Asian New
that is reckoned by a standardized Lunar calendar, in which the New Year is
marked by the first new moon is the Zodiacal constellation Aries.

The Chinese dating makes this the year 4699, but other Asian countries date
a different year.

Observances differ. A new moon actually lasts for three days, with the
observance of the new moon on the middle day. In some Asian countries, the
Year is only observed on the day of the new moon; in others, it's all three
and in yet others it's the entire week in which the new moon occurs.

> Happy New Year!

And the same to you.


Just catching up my e-mails; I'm sorry if everyone got a little confused but
I was responding to Vince Leon's response to -Z- saying that he was 25 days
late. Vince was was in no doubt referring to the American calender by
saying that -Z- was 25 days late on wishing a Happy New Year. Of course I
knew when the New Year began, I'm an ABC.
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