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This one is just for fun. Yesterday was Chinese New Year. I got a kick out of my Mom to whom I showed the booklet with all my pictures and the desciptions I found of all the signs. She decided she wanted to be an Ox even though she was born a Tiger. I kept a straight face but it was hard. '-)

You can find my art and information on the Chinese Zodiac here.

http://artbymichelewilson.com/...

"Share you knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality." Dalai Lama

Originally posted to michelewln on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 04:45 AM PST.

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  •  Are you aware that the Chinese use the (3+ / 0-)
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    marjo, Inland, SciMathGuy

    CONCEPTION date for determinating which year a child was "born" in?  Makes a difference for everyone except those born in October, November, December.

    Also, the Chinese New Year starts with the first new moon in early spring.  Depending on the lunar cycle this is anytime between late January & early February.  That means for someone born in September was probaby conceived in th prior year as well.

    Bonus observation - are you aware that if you know the date of the Chinese New Year, you can compute the date of Ash Wednesday and Easter?

    The land was ours before we were the land's...Robert Frost, The Gift Outright

    by HylasBrook on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 04:53:54 AM PST

    •  No, I'm not aware of that ... (3+ / 0-)

      and I don't think it's true. Off the top of my head I can think of two Chinese friends, one born in Taiwan in April, and another born in Singapore in August and they count themselves horse and pig respectively based on their birth dates.

    •  My whole life I thought I was a rat . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      serrano

      turns out I'm a boar.  Crazy.

      -- Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

      by derekd on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 06:08:17 AM PST

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    •  Hard to make any general statement (2+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright, BachFan

      about what 'the Chinese' do, since that includes 1.3 billion people and four or five thousand years of history. So I'm not going to say that this never happens.

      However, I will say that I have never heard of using the conception date for Chinese fortune-telling.

      In the Chinese customs that I am aware of, they do add years for various reasons when reporting a person's age.

      So, for instance, a baby (let's say it's a boy for convenience of pronouns) born just before this Chinese New Year, say on January 15th, would have been called "one year old" from the moment he was born. Then, Chinese age is counted from the New Year, not from the birthday, so now the baby would be called "two years old." When an elder dies, another three years are added to his age posthumously as a sign of respect.

      However, none of this has anything to do with determining a person's 'year' for fortune-telling purposes. That baby was born in the Year of the Rat; if his birth had been delayed by a couple of weeks, he would have been born in the Year of the Ox.

      The difference is that those extra years added to the report of a person's age are only courtesy years. Everyone recognizes this, and there are plenty of jokes about it, too. But horoscopes are serious. They are tied, not only to the year of the person's birth, but to the very instant of birth -- as precisely as it can be determined.

      Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is.

      by Canadian Reader on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 06:43:26 AM PST

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    •  Fascinating! Is that Roman or Orthodox Easter? (0+ / 0-)

      Seldom are they the same, and the formula by which a thirteenth month is added to some Chinese years is distinct from the formulae by which the Easters are determined.

      If you kids don't behave, I'm turning this universe around RIGHT NOW! - g_d

      by Clem Yeobright on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 07:16:04 AM PST

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  •  Gōng xǐ fā cái ! (2+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright, BachFan

    Pronounced 'gung hey fa choi'.  I love Asian New Year !

    I made Cantonese "BBQ Pork" char siu with white rice and stir-fried (chan) vegetables for breakfast. Pork is tradional . .  as the long holiday wears on, I'll make fancy noodles and dishes with red and gold in them.

    I'll be giving out lai shi "red packets" (fung bao in Mandarin) containing an even amount of money (odd amounts are given at funerals as are denominations contain the number 4, which is prounounced the same as the word for 'death'). Red packets are also known as ya sui qian, literally, the money used to suppress or put down the evil spirit.

    Great artwork !

    Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? - Sun Tzu

    by thenekkidtruth on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 05:32:21 AM PST

  •  Nice pix on your web page! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    The difference between naked and nude is that naked sounds like an accident and nude sounds like it was done on purpose.

    by SciMathGuy on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 05:33:25 AM PST

  •  Nice post (0+ / 0-)

    will share with my family tonight

    Tip jar?

    There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it. ~Author Unknown

    by VA Breeze on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 07:45:02 AM PST

  •  Thanks and a Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the info on the Chinese and years and for the compliments on my art. I meant to do the tip jar but was in a rush to get to work before the snow hit. So what did it do? It waited until close to time to go home and then dumped it all at once. Sigh. I miss California.

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