Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I aged a year when I came here. Koreans count age from conception and with the lunar calendar, so you're a year old at birth and 2 years old at the start of the lunar year. Someone born on the last day of the lunar calendar would therefore be 2 years old the next day. I often didn't realize that kids who were supposedly 6 were actually 5, and so on. I'm 23 years old to Koreans, which they call Korean age, and 22 years old in what they call "Canadian age" and I call "outside age".

I just happened to notice the date on the Islamic calendar today, which is also lunar, and it's Shaban 25, 1429. I was born on Shaban 25, 1406, meaning that it's my birthday. Please don't be stingy with birthday wishes and gifts.

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