The traditional Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar, based on how the Moon orbits the Earth.

sailor (Ocean & Mountain)
So the first day in a lunar month is always the new moon day, and the 15th is the full moon day.

Solstices are based on how the Earth orbits the Sun. Since the Earth is tilted 23.5 degrees from the plane of its orbit, there is a day in a year that the relative angle of the sunlight becomes maximum, and a day for the mimimum one.
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