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Married: Lunar Calendar Birthdays

July 17, 2011 Leave a comment

My mother and father-in-law’s (but not my wife or brother-in-law’s) birthdays are calculated based on a lunar calendar. What does that mean? Well, for one thing, their birthdays are on a different day every year. They may be born in the 7th month on the 24th day, for example, but that may be 8/13 on year and 9/2 next year (those dates are not accurate, don’t use them). So, on top of Koreans adding another year, sometimes two, to their ages, they may have variable month birthdays. Confusing? It gets even more confusing when you try to translate the dates from Lunar-to-Gregorian. There are many resources to go the other direction, but apparently very few, very poor resources to go the other way I’d need it. This also brings up an issue when someone asks when my mother-in-law’s birthday is. I don’t know. My WIFE doesn’t know, and my mother-in-law doesn’t know. At least, not in a way that would answer the question.
I blame the Chinese. the whole gunpowder aside, they do a lot to make Korean language and culture more confusing than it needs to be.

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