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Lunar Leap Month Calculation

As we pointed out at the previous page about “what is lunar calendar”, a lunar year is 11 days shorter than a western year. Dates in a lunar calendar, therefore, rapidly move backward through the seasons, so that a date in summer eventually ends up in winter, and vice versa. This makes it difficult to use the calendar to plant crops or schedule seasonal religious celebrations. This difference is made up every 19 years by the addition of seven lunar months. On average, we have a leap year (with a leap month) about every three years. The following table shows you the date of leap months from 1931-2030.

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Born on Leap Month

Based on the usual chinese fortune-telling practice, people who born on the first 15th days of a leap month should be counted as born on the previous month, and people who born on or after the 16th date of a leap month should be counted as born on the month followed.

So, if you were born on 1st June, 1982, (Use the the Gregorian to Lunar convertor, and it was Leap 4th Lunar month, 10th Lunar Day) your birth month should be counted as the 4th lunar month of 1982. On the other hand, if you were born on 15th June, 1982 (It was Leap 4th Lunar month, 24th Lunar Day), your birth month should be on the 5th lunar month of 1982.



Conceived on Leap Month

By the same token, if you get pregnant on the first 15 days of a leap month, then the month of conception should be counted as the previous month, and the rest of the leap month should be counted as the next month. Having said that, there are some chinese fortune tellers argue that the entire leap month should be counted as the previous month. The conclusion is that If you are serious about gender selection, don’t choose to be conceived on leap months.


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