From 正(principal) + 月(month)
正月 (hiragana しょうがつ, romaji shōgatsu)
- New Year
Literally: principal month
Note: Any month in the Chinese calendar may be preceded or followed by an intercalary month, an irregular month inserted into the calendar to bring the lunar year in line with the solar year.
正月 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin zhēngyuè)
- (literary) traditional name for the first of the twelve months of the Chinese calendar, each beginning on a new moon.