Date: 2012-01-23 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kake
The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar one, not a purely lunar one, so it's roughly synced to the solar year; there's more info on this in last year's post on the Chinese calendar (I should link that in this post, actually). Basically, Chinese New Year wobbles about between 21 January and 20 February each Gregorian year, but aside from this slight discrepancy, the Chinese calendar advances one year for each year that the Gregorian calendar advances.

The Islamic calendar, on the other hand, is slowly gaining on the Gregorian calendar, and according to Wikipedia will catch up in the year 20874, after which the Islamic year number will always be greater than the Gregorian year number. This is because the Islamic calendar is purely lunar, and contains no leap months or other fiddlings to bring things into sync with the solar year.
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