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Understanding the Chinese Calendar and Gender Prediction

March 4, 2024 | by Carlene Kuntz

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When it comes to predicting the gender of a baby, many cultures have their own unique methods. In Chinese culture, the Chinese Calendar is often used as a tool for gender prediction. This ancient calendar, also known as the Chinese Gender Predictor or Chinese Gender Chart, has been around for centuries and is believed to be able to determine the gender of an unborn baby with a high level of accuracy.

What is the Chinese Calendar?

The Chinese Calendar is a lunar calendar that dates back to the 14th century. It is based on the Chinese zodiac, which consists of a 12-year cycle, with each year being associated with an animal sign. These animal signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The Chinese Calendar also takes into account the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, which further influence the predictions.

How does the Chinese Calendar predict gender?

The Chinese Calendar uses the mother’s age at the time of conception and the month of conception to predict the gender of the baby. The age is calculated based on the lunar calendar, so it may differ from the mother’s age according to the Gregorian calendar. The month of conception is also determined according to the lunar calendar.

Using these two factors, the Chinese Calendar is able to determine whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. The calendar is divided into rows and columns, with the mother’s age on one side and the month of conception on the other. The intersection of these two factors reveals the predicted gender of the baby.

How accurate is the Chinese Calendar?

While the Chinese Calendar is widely used and believed to be accurate by many, it is important to note that its predictions are not scientifically proven. It is considered more of a fun tradition than a reliable method of gender prediction. However, many people still find it fascinating and enjoy using it as a way to guess the gender of their baby.

It is also worth mentioning that the Chinese Calendar has a 50% chance of being correct, as it only predicts two possible outcomes: boy or girl. Therefore, it is not a foolproof method and should not be relied upon as the sole determinant of a baby’s gender.

Other methods of gender prediction

While the Chinese Calendar is popular in Chinese culture, there are also other methods of gender prediction that are used in different cultures around the world. Some of these methods include:

  • Ultrasound: This is the most accurate method of determining the gender of a baby. It uses sound waves to create an image of the baby in the womb.
  • Genetic testing: This involves analyzing the DNA of the baby to determine its gender. It is usually done through a blood test.
  • Old wives’ tales: There are numerous old wives’ tales that claim to predict the gender of a baby based on various factors such as the shape of the mother’s belly or the baby’s heart rate.


The Chinese Calendar is a fascinating tool that has been used for centuries to predict the gender of unborn babies. While it may not be scientifically proven, many people still enjoy using it as a fun tradition. However, it is important to remember that the only surefire way to determine the gender of a baby is through medical methods such as ultrasound or genetic testing. Ultimately, the most important thing is the health and happiness of the baby, regardless of its gender.


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