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Calendrical Calculations, Third Edition by Edward M. Reingold, Nachum Dershowitz

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        Blue and white glazed jar from the reign of Kāng Xī (1662–1722), showing plum blossoms against a background of melting ice and used to hold a gift of fragrant tea for New Year’s Day. (Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.)

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The following description of the presentation of the annual calendar in China is taken from Peter (Pierre) Hoang (A Notice of the Chinese Calendar and a Concordance with the European Calendar, 2nd ed., Catholic Mission Press, Shanghai, 1904):

    Every year, on the 1st of the 2nd month, the Board of Mathematics presents ...

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