Fun Fact Friday – Chinese New Year
Jews have a calendar! Chinese people have a calendar! And so does God.
Both the Chinese and Jewish calendars go by lunisolar time measurement, as do many other cultures. These calendars go by the same counting system as the Tanakh (Old Testament) does, and in fact, God says in Genesis 1:14, “‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.’”
A holiday or Shabbat occurs on every new moon (a night on which the moon is not visible or is just starting to become visible.) As God says to Moses in Ezekiel 46:1, “On the Shabbat day it shall be opened, and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened.” Rosh Hashanah (often called the Jewish New Year) and the Chinese New Year both start with a new moon.
There are three Jewish holidays that begin with a full moon (a full moon will always fall on the 14th or 15th day of a lunar month), and they consist of Pesach (Passover), Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and Purim.
There are three Chinese holidays in the same sequence as the three Jewish holidays just mentioned, and these consist of Qing Ming, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Yuan Xiao Jie (Chinese Lantern Festival).
The first one, Qing Ming, is usually near, and sometimes even falls on, Pesach (Passover). Both holidays share some eerily similar traditions. For example, Qing Ming is about a plague in which many people died, just as in Pesach (Passover) we witness the death of Egypt’s firstborns and anyone not protected by the blood of the lamb.
As it says in Acts 3:19-20,
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing [emphasis added] may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, Jesus."
On God’s calendar, it’s always time to celebrate and refresh yourself by turning from your sins and to God through Yeshua (Jesus).
So roll out the blintzes and the dumplings! You can get with God’s calendar whether you are Jewish, Chinese, Greek or Bantu. Jesus came for all peoples, at all times, on every holiday and non-holiday.