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How does the Chinese Calendar work?


The Heaven Stems:


The Earth Branches:

There are 10 heaven stems and 12 earth branches. With the combination of one stem and one branch, these stems and branches are used to indicate a specific hour of the day, date and year in the Chinese traditional system of time. The 12 branches match the number of the months in a year and the hours of the day. For example, the hour always indicates the 12 hour. Modified by a different stem, it indicates either noon or midnight.

From to , with each of the stems and branches combining once sequentially, it takes 60 years to complete a full cycle. Consequently, almost everyone can meet the exact same year again only once in lifetime. The current year, 1997, is in the (the 4th stem and 2nd branch) year in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.




The Zodiac Animals


This Zodiac Disk tells you several things:
- how the Chinese Zodiac system works within the Chinese Lunar Calendar,
- how the heaven stems and earth branches are combined to name the year,
- the sequential order of the zodiac animals,
- and the zodiac years shown in the world calendar till 2006, a visual way for you to figure out your own animal.

In each of the sectors of the disk, next to the animals are the Chinese characters for them; in the beige-brown circle are names of the earth branches, and in the blue center are the names of the heaven stems. The characters in the blue center trail away -- because this area is too small to present the whole circle which it takes 60 combination.

If you don't read this much Chinese, perhaps you might try to look at the characters as little pictures and see how these little pictures match each other.


Among the 12 animals, the Rat takes the lead in the full circle and the Pig brings up the rear. Each of the 12 earth branches always goes with the same animal, for example:

       
(zi Rat) (Chou Bull) (yin Tiger) (Mou Rabbit)


 





The Chinese are firm believers in astrology. They would prefer to begin any new task -- be it work-related or personal -- at an auspicious time. In fact, like Indians, many Chinese will not finalise a deal or fix on the date of a marriage or any other important occasion until they consult an astrologer.

Chinese astrology is based on the cycle of the moon, which is why each new year begins on a different date. The year of the sheep began on February 1, 2003, while the year of the monkey will begin on January 22, 2004.

A person's date of birth is a very important factor in Chinese astrology.

The Chinese zodiac is a 12-year cycle, with each year being represented by one animal.

Legend has it that, on the new year, Buddha called all the animals to come before him. Only 12 of them did so. First came the rat, followed by the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, dog and finally the pig. Buddha rewarded them by naming a year in their honour and decreed that each year, and the persons born in that year, would have the characteristics of the animal it represented. Thus, the Chinese zodiac was established.

2004 is the Year of the Monkey.

Based on your date of birth, find out which sign you belong to.

The Rat
: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

The Ox: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

The Tiger: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

The Rabbit: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

The Dragon: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

The Snake: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

The Horse: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

The Sheep: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

The Monkey: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

The Rooster: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993

The Dog: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994

The Pig: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995

  

 

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