Editors' reviewThough the interface looks intimidatingly packed with information, Chinese Calendrics translates among Western calendar dates and dates on the Chinese calendars with ease. The program also displays important astronomical events such as moon phases. Those not versed in the details of the Chinese calendar system can consult the help file, which explains the measurement of the solar and lunar months. The program doesn't tell you what a water-chicken day, a water-sheep month, or a wood-rooster year means. On the plus side, it's quite stable. Even our best efforts to crash it by entering incorrect or nonsense data did nothing. If you need to translate between Western and Chinese solar and lunar calendars, Chinese Calendrics provides quick answers.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a lunisolar calendar, consisting of months corresponding exactly to lunar cycles and years which stay more-or-less in sync with seasonal years. The structure of the calendar depends on the exact times of certain astronomical events, principally dark moons and winter solstices. The solar calendar consists of a series of seasonal years which are divided into 24 "solar terms". The lunar calendar consists of a series of years which are divided into 12 or 13 lunar months. A solar year always begins at the (northern) winter solstice. A lunar month always begins on the day of a dark moon. Chinese Calendrics is used to do the following: To convert between dates in the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese solar and lunar calendars and dates in the Common Era and Julian calendars. To calculate the date of New Year's Day in the Asian lunar calendars. To ascertain the Western dates of the starts of all lunar months in a year in the lunar calendar. To find leap months in the lunar calendar. To find the Western dates corresponding to Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese anniversaries (e.g., birthdays). To move forward or backward from a given date (and time) either by a period such as a month or by a number of days. To calculate the phase of the Moon for any time within a 6000-year period. To search for the next or previous full moon, dark moon, lunar quarter, solar term or solstice or equinox of a certain type. To search for a solstice or an equinox in combination with a dark moon or a full moon. To search for the next or previous day, month or year with a certain element-animal correspondence (e.g., the next water-ox year or the next fire-dragon day). To find days for which the element-animal is the same for day, month and year. To see an entire month inthe Chinese lunar calendar showing images of the Moon for each day.
What's new in this version:
Fixed bug in trial version.