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Chinese Time

     The Chinese have a unique and ancient way of measuring time. Their calendar is as old as their writing system. They began recording time as soon as they could write, and they recorded time using a sun and moon model that takes into account the orbits of both of these heavenly bodies. The Chinese year has 354 days and 12 months that align perfectly with the cycle of the moon.  Roughly half of the months have 30 days, while the rest have 29 days.  Because the earth takes more than 354 days to complete its orbit around the sun (about 365.25 days), the Chinese year doesn't perfectly equal the earth's cycle.  To make up for this loss, every two to three years an extra month is added to the year.
    The Chinese calendar is rooted in Chinese astrology and philosophy.  It draws upon Lao Tzu and Confucius, two religious founders (of Taoism and Confusism, respectively) who greatly influenced Chinese calendars through their thinking.  Chinese astrology has twelve signs, each corresponding to a single year.  An ancient legend tells that the Buddha once called out to all the animals of the world to come take their place in the zodiac calendar.   The Boar, the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Ram, the Monkey, the Rooster, and the Dog all came for their place.  Buddha assigned a year to each of them.  Every person is born in the year of one of the 12 zodiac animals. The belief is that you possess the characteristics of the zodiac animal from the year in which you were born.
    
    The biggest celebration on the Chinese calendar is the Chinese New Year, called Nian.  This is different from the Western new year because it is based upon the Moon instead of the Sun.  Nian takes place on a different day every year, between January 1 and February 19.  The huge celebration lasts about 15 days. The Chinese also have a different way of measuring years, which began with a former Chinese emporer.
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If you were born between
This is Your Zodiac Animal 
 And Your Element 
This is the Chinese Year in which you were born
1/28/1979 -  2/15/1980 
Goat
Earth
 4678
2/16/1980 -  2/4/1981 
Monkey
Metal
4679
2/5/1981 -  1/24/1982 
Rooster
Metal
4680
1/25/1982 -  2/12/1983 
Dog
Water
4681
2/13/1983 - 2/1/1984 
Pig
Water
4682
2/2/1984 -  2/19/1985 
Rat
Wood
4683
2/20/1985 -  2/8/1986 
Ox
Wood
4684
2/9/1986 -  1/28/1987 
Tiger
Fire
4685
1/29/1987 -  2/16/1988 
Rabbit
Fire
4686
2/17/1988 -  2/5/1989 
Dragon
Earth
4687
2/17/1988 - 2/5/1989 
Snake
Earth
4688
1/27/1990 2/14/1991 
Horse
Metal
4689
2/15/1991 - 2/3/1992 
Goat
Metal
4690
2/4/1992 - 1/22/1993 
Monkey
Water
4691
1/23/1993 - 2/9/1994 
Rooster
Water
4692
2/10/1994 - 1/30/1995 
Dog
Wood
4693
1/31/95 - 2/18/96 
Pig
Wood
4694
2/19/1996 - 2/6/1997 
Rat
Fire
4695
2/7/97 - 1/27/98 
Ox
Fire
4696
1/28/1998 - 2/15/1999 
Tiger
Earth
4697
 
Chinese Year
 Zodiac Animal
Gregorian Calendar
4693
Boar
January 31, 1995
4694
Rat
February 19, 1996
4695 
Ox
February 7, 1997
4696
Tiger
January 28, 1998
4697
Rabbit
February 16, 1999
4698 
Dragon
February 5, 2000
4699 
Snake
 January 24, 2001
4700 
Horse
February 12, 2002
4701
Ram
February 1, 2003
4702
Monkey
January 22, 2004
4703
Rooster
February 9, 2005
4704
Dog
January 29, 2006
4705
Boar
February 18, 2007
4706
Rat 
February 7, 2008
4707
Ox
January 26, 2009
 
 
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