Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

Apparently in China, after you're born, you're considered "1-year-old" right off the bat. It makes sense, when you think about it, considering that the baby is living out his or her "1st year".

However, even though they celebrate specific birthdays, everyone turns a year older on the Chinese New Year. So, think about this: if you have a baby in China on January 31st, and the Chinese New Year that year is February 4th, then on February 5th your baby is already 2-years-old (even though the baby was only born 6 days earlier)!

So next time a Chinese person tells you his or her age, just think of it in relative terms. :)


  1. Whoa. Did not know!

    That would be weird. Do official things go by this as well? Like in determining when you first go to school?