A salient traditional holiday
There is a difference between the Chinese New Year and the New Year observed by majority of Filipinos who use the Gregorian Calendar, which is based on a solar calendar. The Lunar New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose dates indicate both the phase of the moon as well as the time of the solar year, where a lunar month is around two days shorter than a solar month. Reason why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year—for the Lunar New Year to “catch up” with the solar calendar. As in any culture, New Year is celebrated differently. But we pause and mark the Lunar New Year with our brothers and sisters in the Chinese community, given that we have a strong quotidian denominator with them, starting from the time Chinese soldiers and guerrillas joined in the fight against the Japanese Imperial Forces during the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines from 1941 to 1945.