Appendix:Months of the Chinese Year

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In modern usage, the months of the Chinese lunar calendar are referred to by number (e.g. "first month", "fifth month", "eighth month". The following archaic names for the months of the year in the Chinese calendar are still in use to a limited degree:

See also Category:Chinese months.
Chinese Pinyin English
1st 正月 (zhēngyuè) zhèngyuè principal month
2nd 杏月 (Xìngyuè) xìngyuè apricot month
3rd 桃月 (Táoyuè) táoyuè peach month
4th 梅月 (Méiyuè) méiyuè plum month
5th 榴月 (Liúyuè) liúyuè pomegranate month
6th 荷月 (Héyuè) héyuè lotus month
7th 蘭月兰月 (Lányuè) lányuè orchid month
8th 桂月 (Guìyuè) guāngyuè cinnamon month
9th 菊月 (Júyuè) júyuè chrysanthemum month
10th 良月 (Liángyuè) liángyuè good month
11th 冬月 (Dōngyuè) dōngyuè winter month
12th 臘月腊月 (Làyuè) làyuè last month

Under the Chinese calendar, a thirteeth intercalary month is inserted at varying intervals, which may be placed after any regular month.