Unlike the International Calendar (the Gregorian Calendar), which is based on the months, the Chinese calendar is based strictly on astronomical observations of the Lunar cycle (the phases of the moon). The new Chinese year begins the second new moon after the Winter Solstice; meaning January or February of the Gregorian calender. Thus, those born in either of these months may actually be born in the Chinese year of the previous animal.
Example: 1972 is the year of the rat. If you were born prior to February 16, 1972, the Chinese New Year then you were born in the Chinese year of the pig/boar; 1971. The script is formatted to those born in prior to the Chinese New Year. To make sure of your date check my Chinese Lunar Calendar
The Chinese years are grouped under 12 animal designations and are based on a legend regarding Lord Buddha. As he was getting ready to depart Earth he summoned all the animals to bid him farewell. Only 12 arrived and he honored them by naming a year after each animal in the order of their arrival:
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
The animal ruling the year of your birth has a major influence on all aspects of your life. It is said "this animal hides in your heart". The time of day and the season of birth also have some influence.
To discover what the Chinese animal says about you, select month, day, year and hours (optional, but beneficial to learn the animal of your birth hour) of your birth, then click the submit button.
NOTE: It seems we have been having a little problem with the accuracy of this script with the years prior to 1960. The script seems not to even recognize 1959. Strange as
We have gone over the script again and again and can not find the problem. It worked fine and then something happened, but no change ever happened in the script. So we are baffled. But fortunately we did find a solution to rectify the matter for those born before 1960; just use the year before you were born. I do apologize for the inconvenience and no this does not make you a year older.
We did come up with a solution. I was born in 1946, but in using my year the answer table had me being born in 1947. So I redid it using 1945 and everything was correct.
For those of you born 1960 and after everything is accurate. To confirm your correct date of birth look above the animal graphic on the left side of the answer table.
Note, there is no problem month, day, or time any year. They are all correct.
The script is copyrigted by Inchul Koo and used with written permission