I have received many enquiries about whether 2013 is a good year to get married because it is deemed a “Widow Year”. Story has it that getting married in a “Widow Year” will cause bad luck and even bring early death to one’s husband if the couple is married in that year.
So what is a “Widow Year”?
A “Widow Year” or “Blind Year” comes about when there is no Li Chun or “first day of Spring” in that year due to a difference in time periods between the solar and lunar calendars when Li Chun occurs before the first day of the Lunar Chinese New Year. When that happens Li Chun is deemed to be absent thus making events like marriages inauspicious because Li Chun represents the start of Spring and Spring represents new beginnings and a marriage is considered a “new beginning” for a marrying couple.
So no Li Chun = no Spring = no new beginning = inauspicious. Locally we call this “pang tang” or taboo.
But this is a Chinese cultural belief and has no significance or impact on Chinese Date Selection. Most Date Selection masters do not even take a “Widow Year” into consideration when selecting an auspicious date for marrying as these years occur quite frequently. The impact of auspiciousness of the selected date on a person’s birth date is more important.
Even if a “Widow Year” is as bad as it sounds, there are always very auspicious days coinciding with a person’s birth date that will overcome any inauspiciousness of that year so no worries. 2013 is a year like any other year. Depending a person’s birth date, it will be auspicious for some while inauspicious for others. That is why selecting a proper date for a major event like marriage according to the couple’s birth dates is very important.