This might seem to be a simple question to most of us since we can just match our year of birth to determine our Chinese Zodiac (just like the diagram below), BUT things get complicated if you are born in the born of January or February because the date of li chun (立春) is different. In Chinese astrology,regardless of when the first day of the chinese new year, those born BEFORE the time of li chun belongs to the Chinese Zodiac of the previous year.
People get confused on which Zodiac they belongs to, so we have a simple step by step guide for you.
Step 1: Firstly, you determine your Chinese Zodiac by using your lunar birth date. No fret if you only know your english birth date which is very common because you can use any online free calculator to know the lunar birth day (You can stop at this step if you do not have both birth date, hopefully not)
Simply key in your western birth date and press convert:
Then you will get your lunar birth date.
In this example, 5 Feb 1979 (western date) is actually 9 Jan 1979 in lunar date.
Step 2: Now you have your lunar date, you will need to check the li chun (立春) date, which means the starting of spring or new year in that particular year. You can refer to this date chart to find out the li chun date for a particular year. In our example, in 1979, the start of spring is 4 Feb 1979. So if your birth date is 5 Feb 1979 (western date), you actually belong to the Chinese Zodiac of Horse and not sheep.
It is commonly mistaken to use the Chinese New Year Day 1 to be the first day of the new year, so some people has been mistaken their own zodiac for years.
Just to share: For Year 2016, the start of the new year is 4 February 2016 at 17:46
Hope this guide come in handy to determine your own Zodiac!
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