How do we know Year 1999 is the 4696th Chinese year ?
Chinese believe that the first king of China was King Yellow (he was not the first emperor of China who completed the Great Wall). King Yellow became a king in 2697 B.C. , therefore 1999 Rabbit year is the 4696th Chinese year.
Detail : We need to know three things first.
Chinese calendar should begin from that the year is the first year of 60 cycle and the month is the first month of 60 cycle and the day and time are the first of 60 cycle. That means year, month, day and time are named as Green Rat. Plus the sun is on the winter solstice position and the moon is on new moon day. The sun and the moon are in the same position (sun eclipse). The time is at midnight. A lot of Chinese books mention that such beginning date and time happened at the first year of King Yellow. Therefore, Chinese year is counted from 2697 B.C.
Actually, after computer's calculation, we find that
But that winter solstice day was not the Green Rat day. Even no Green Rat day in that Green Rat month. Was the sun eclipse happened at midnight ? No astronomical formula can calculate that accuracy for more than 4000 year ago. So I don't know the answer.
Anyway, there are 4695 years from the winter solstice of the first year of King Yellow to the winter solstice of 1998. Therefore Year 1999 is the 4696th Chinese Year.
Want to see the sky in 2697 B.C. over China ? Use the Sky Map or Sky View.
The Chinese New Year Day is the first day of the first Chinese month. The first day of a lunar month is the new moon day. The answer depends on where you live, because all our calendars come from the positions of the sun and the moon.
All other time zones, you can adjust the new year days by the time difference.
The first day of a Chinese traditional year is the Chinese New Year day. People, born on and after the Chinese New Year day, use the new animal name for their birth year. However, the first day of a Chinese Fortune-Telling calendar is the first day of spring. The first day of spring is the time the sun enters 315 degree on the tropical Zodiac. Actually Chinese who know the difference always use the fortune-telling calendar to determine their birth year. The Chinese New Year and the first day of spring are almost on different day each year.
The following are the examples of Chinese birth years.
Note: We need compare the hour and minute when using the fortune-telling calendar.
Two things to determine the infant gender are the woman's Chinese age at the year of conception (pregnancy) and the Chinese lunar month of conception.
If a woman wasn't born in January or February, then her Chinese age is her actual age plus one.
If a woman was born in January or February, then from Predict Infant Gender page
To find out the Chinese lunar month of conception is from Predict Infant Gender page.
Then go back to Predict Infant Gender page, use woman's Chinese age and lunar month to find the infant gender from the chart. If the B in the chart, then the infant is the boy.
Why 1999 Chinese Moon Festival day is 9-24 in China and 9-23 in USA ?
Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th moon day of 8th Chinese lunar month (Chicken month) . Since the new moon day is the first day of a Chinese Lunar Month. The first day of 8th lunar month is 9-10-99 in China, so the moon festival is on 9-24-99. The first day of 8th lunar month is 9-9-99 in EST or PST, so the moon festival is on 9-23-99 in USA.
Taiwanese National Education Research Center (In Chinese)