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Lunar Calendars

Types of lunar calendars observed around the world

2016 and 2017 dates

There are three main types of lunar calendars: lunar-sidereal, the pure lunar and the lunisolar.

As you can see from the table below, there are many lunar calendars with different cycles.

Lunar calendars around the world
Calendar 2016 2017
Chinese New Year's Eve 8th Feb 28th Jan
Vietnam: Tet Eve 8th Feb 28th Jan
Korea: Seollal Eve 8th Feb 28th Jan
Mongolia: Bituun Eve 8th Feb 28th Jan
Tibet: Losar Eve 8th Feb 28th Jan
Bali: Hari Raya Nyepi Tahrun Baru Saka 9th Mar 28th Mar
Hindu: Ugadi and Gudi Patwa 8th Apr 28th Mar
Punjabi New Year 13th Apr 13th Apr
Sikh New Year 13th Apr 13th Apr
Tamil New Year 13th Apr 14th Apr
Thailand: Songkran 13th Apr 13th Apr
Nepali New Year 13th Apr 14th Apr
Parsi New Year 17th Aug 17th Aug
Moslem: Al Hijra 2nd Oct 22nd Sep
Israel: Rosh Hashana 2nd Oct 20th Sep
Diwali 30th Oct 19th Oct
Gujurat New Year 31st Oct 20th Oct
Solar Season & Lunar Cycle Sun Time indicates solar season. Moon Time animates to current lunar phase.

Check Moon Time app nearer to one of these new year start dates and observe the moon phase leading up to that day. You will find that some new years begin with a full moon whereas others begin with a new moon or even a half moon.

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