Is That a Dragon Baby, for Real?
Judith Tan – Straits Times Indonesia
Singapore. Newborns Jamie Kao, Tristan Chen and Louise Tan clinched bragging rights for being the first three Dragon babies born this year.
Or did they?
Well, not according to the Wan Nian Li or Ten Thousand Years Calendar.
This calendar is an invaluable reference book used by masters, practitioners and students of fengshui, bazi (four pillars of destiny), Chinese zi wei dou shu Astrology (Purple Star), yi jing (I Ching) and Date Selection specialists.
The commonly held belief is that babies born on or after the first day of the Chinese New Year — which fell on Jan 23 this year — take after the zodiac animal of that new year.
But social worker Au Hoi Ting, in a letter to The Sunday Times, sought to shed more light on when a Dragon baby is actually a Dragon baby.
Au, 29, said: “The Wan Nian Li says that the new year begins at the start of spring. This year, it falls on Feb. 4.”
“A baby’s horoscope is defined by the day of the Spring Festival, and not by Chinese New Year. So babies born on or after Feb. 4 are Dragons. Those born before Feb. 4 are still Rabbits.”
Geomancers The Sunday Times spoke to agreed.
John Lok said the Chinese calendar is actually a combination of lunar and solar calendars, based on the 12 seasonal festivals. “The start of the new Chinese zodiac for the year is based on the spring festival,” he said.
Another geomancer, Adelina Pang, said: “In the study of fengshui, bazi and astrology, we use the solar calendar. The first day, or li chun, varies each year. This year, the Dragon Year starts only on Feb. 4 at 1824 hours.”
When interviewed, most Singaporeans born on Chinese New Year took the information in their stride.
Housewife Mary Tan, 29, born on the second day of Chinese New Year, had always thought she was born in the Year of the Dog.
As revised, she should be a Rooster. “Now that explains why I am an early riser,” the former teacher said, laughing.
Also making light of his revised status was relationship manager Gerard Francis, 39.
“I was born on Chinese New Year’s Day and my mother said I was a Tiger. She too is a Tiger and I’ve been told there can’t be two tigers on one mountain, yet we get on well. Now this explains why,” said the newly revealed Ox.
Vincent Chen, 37, whose son Tristan was one of the first Dragon babies born this year, is not about to split “hares.” He said he is not fretting over whether his son is a little Rabbit or Dragon.
“My wish is that he is happy and healthy,” he said.
Chen then quipped: “So, does that mean the sponsors will take back the cash gift of $8,888?”
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