TIL the Vietnamese people celebrate progressing to another year of life—i.e., their birthday—together, on the first day of their new year, Tét, calculating Year 1 based on their actual birthdates.

Read more: https://morevietnamese.com/vietnamese-age/

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  1. Chinese families also do this traditionally, though many are following the Western culture of the birthdate now. Also note that the birthday in the *lunar* calendar is what’s important traditionally, but that changes compared to the Western calendar every year. One of my Chinese friends celebrates her birthday on March 15 (Ides of March) because that’s the date her Lunar birthday fell on in the year she immigrated to the US.

    Edit: and it’s more polite in modern Chinese culture to instead of asking for your age, ask for your sign (on the 12-year zodiac animal system). So as long as you look your age, this will pin down your age exactly. For example, if you look in your early 40s and you’re a horse, then you were born in 1978 (44 years old). The year of the horse before that was 1966 (56 years old), and the horse after was 1990 (32 years old).

  2. I mean they definitely celebrate Tet. But hardly anyone I know there actually substitutes it for their birthday. Maybe the older generation. And very rural people.

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