Are you curious how to find out the sex of an unborn child using a simple table? Do you know when the mother of that child was born and when that fetus was conceived?
If yes, congratulations! You can immediately discover the most likely gender of that child, by simply searching a cell in a pretty small table, called Chinese Birth Calendar.
Just take a look at this chart and you’ll certainly figure out how to use it! The “B” letter in a blue cells stands for a boy and a “G” in a pink cell represents a girl. Of course, you can read the steps for baby gender prediction right under this image.
Did you look at the chart above? Isn’t it nice? Well, aside from its beautiful coloring, this small and simple table is also very famous and useful. As you have probably noticed, this table is very self-explanatory. You certainly quickly intuited the steps of using this chart for guessing the gender of your baby, especially due to the first two questions that I asked you at the beginning of this post. The steps are:
- Identify the column that corresponds to the Chinese lunar month in which the baby was conceived.
- Identify the row that corresponds to the Chinese lunar age of baby’s mother at the moment when she conceived that baby.
- Follow the row and column identified at the previous steps, and see where they meet. The cell that lies at their intersection contains the most probable gender of that baby.
Pretty simple, isn’t it? Of course, with one small remark: you don’t know what “Chinese lunar month” and “Chinese lunar age” are, do you? Maybe you noticed these notions ever since you got a glimpse of the chart, since I wrote the word “lunar” with red color.
Age and Month: Lunar, not Gregorian
You see, in this special table, called sometimes Chinese Gender Predictor Chart, both the age and the month are “Chinese lunar”, not normal or common. Do you know why? Because this table was created using a special calendar, which differs from the Gregorian one that is utilized by the great majority of people on Earth, especially by those living in the Western hemisphere.
This special calendar is the Chinese lunisolar calendar, generally referred to as the Chinese lunar calendar, and it is used for centuries in China for traditional purposes. As you’ve probably realized, the months, years and ages computed with this calendar differ from the Western ones. Here are the main differences:
- The Chinese lunar years begin and end in Gregorian dates that vary from one year to another. For example, for 2016, the lunar year begins on February 8, 2016, and it ends on January 27, 2017.
- Unlike the Gregorian months, which have names (January, February, …, December), the Chinese lunar months are identified using their order number: first (1st), second (2nd), third (3rd), fourth (4th), fifth (5th), …, twelfth (12th). So, this is how they appear in the Chinese Gender Chart revealed above.
- Regarding their duration, in general, the lunar months partially overlap the common months, but they begin and end in various Gregorian dates in various years. For example, in the lunar year that mostly overlaps 2016, the first lunar month lasts between February 8, 2016 and March 8, 2016, while in the lunar year that mostly overlapped 2015, the first lunar month lasted from February 19, 2015, to March 19, 2015.
- What about the ages? Obviously, they are computed differently from the way most people calculate their age. Here’s how: from the birth moment until the first Chinese lunar New Year Eve, a person is considered to be one lunar year old; after each lunar New Year Eve, the lunar age of each person increases by one lunar year.
Don’t know where to find the Gregorian dates that correspond to each lunar year and month, so that you could properly use the Chinese Gender Chart? A reliable source is the official website of the Hong Kong Observatory, which provides details for all the years between 1901 and 2100.
Chinese Lunar – Gregorian Conversion Tables for 2016 and 2015
Okay, enough talking about the special calendar used in the legendary chart. Let’s come back to the main purpose of this article: gender prediction using that chart. Do you remember which are the precise problems we need to solve? You know the day when the baby was conceived and you also know the day when the mother of that baby was born, but you can’t use the chart yet because you know only the Gregorian dates of conception and of mother’s birth, but the chart needs Chinese lunar dates and ages.
Don’t worry! The solution to both of these problems is below! If the fetus was conceived between the common dates 8 February 2016 and 27 January 2017, just search your dates in the “Chinese Lunar – Gregorian Conversion Table for 2016” below and you’ll be able to identify the column and row in the Chinese Birth Calendar (displayed at the beginning of this article) at whose intersection lies the cell that contains the most likely gender of that fetus. For a conception moment between 19 February 2015 and 7 February 2016, see the second table below.