When I was still very young, I once asked my mom why my lolo had different birthdays every year. There was a year we celebrated his birthday in February, then there was a time it was in March and in April. As a child with a very young mind, that was confusing especially that I know we celebrated my birthdays the same day every year.
Mom explained that my grandfather uses the lunar calendar to count his age. Sometimes his birthday falls on the second week of February and sometimes it could fall in the middle of March or even as late as the last week of April. If I remember it right, there was a time he had his birthday on the first week of May. She added that the Chinese use the moon as their calendar because it is believed that their ancestors go to the moon after they passed away. They also believe that their ancestors living in the moon would protect the people who followed the laws.
Mom does not understand how it works but she believes in the Chinese Years. She checks chineseyears.net before a new Chinese year begins to know what the new year would bring her. She was born in the year of the tiger and she always checks if the animal for that year would go well with the tiger. Seeing her do that, I got very curious on what’s in store for me so I’ve been checking mine too.
How about you? Do you know what animal represents the year you were born? Click the link to know more about the Chinese years.
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