Chinese New Year's Day and Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Chinese New Year's Day is the new moon day of the first lunar month. According to Chinese Lunar calendar, the first lunar month is the second new moon after the lunar month contains Winter Solstice. The day of Winter Solstice is around December 23 in the western Gregorian calendar.
Islamic New Year or Muslim New Year is not lunisolar but follows a purely lunar calendar of 12 months that retrogresses through the Gregorian and Julian calendar years. The day of Muslim New Year may thus fall in any season on the calendar.
Asian community leaders said recognizing Lunar New Year with a day off could enhance student understanding and education. Montgomery County had a spate of hatebased acts last year, and many happened in schools, said Hoan Dang, a longtime board member of the Association of Vietnamese Americans, based in Silver Spring.