Chinese New Year starts with the New
Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15
days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern
Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and
children carrying lanterns in a parade. The Chinese calendar is based on a
combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about
29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese
insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a
19-year cycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year.
This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year
Falls on a different date each year.