Wednesday, December 28, 2005
On this chinese Year.
I Wanted to write something about the Chinese New Year which falls on the 29th of January this year,by the western calendar. This new year is known as the Year of the Dog.Incidentally,I was born in the year of the dog, in 1982. There are 12 animal names; so by this system, year names are re-cycled every 12 years.
It is going to be the Year 4703 by the Chinese calendar, this Year.
It is going to be the year 1413 by the Bengali calendar this year.
In the Western calendar terminology:
Decade = 10 years
Century = 100 years
Millennium = 1,000 years
For example, 2005 is in the Third Mllenmium, 21-th Century, first decade and 5-th year.
In Chinese calendar terminology:
Great Year = 12 years
Cycle = 5 Great Years = 60 years
Epoch = 60 Cycles = 60 x 60 years = 3,600 years
We are now in the Second Epoch.