Lantern Festival -
Friday March 2, 2018
Culture : Called Chap Go Meh, Yuan Xiao Jie, Yuen Siu or Shangyuan.
First full moon after the Chinese New Year - also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Groundhog Day -
Monday March 5, 2018
Culture : Chinese Ground Hog Day, Chinese Insects Awake Day or Excited Insects Day is one of the 24 Chinese solar divisions. Hibernated animals should come back and rejoice the arrival of Spring and it marks the beginning of new life. This includes creepy crawly insects and bugs which most people would rather squash when they see one. And somehow this turns into beating up paper tigers that symbolizing your enemies or what we called petti people such that you will be free of trouble or misfortune. http://www.hkfastfacts.com
Good Friday -
Friday March 30, 2018
Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.
Holy Saturday -
Saturday March 31, 2018
Catholic : Paid holiday
April Fools Day -
Sunday April 1, 2018
cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.
Sunday April 1, 2018
Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday
Easter Monday -
Monday April 2, 2018
Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.
Tomb-Sweeping Day (Ching Ming or Qingming Festival) -
Thursday April 5, 2018
Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Traditional celebration since the second century B.C. Considered an unlucky day for business.