Well, I had been using calendar to check my schedule before I own a cell phone, where I can easily browse dates by pressing some keys.
I did not notice how special Malaysia’s calendar is until one of my foreign friends asked me about the Tamil writings on it. As I am getting used to it, so I am not aware that every country uses different kinds of calendars.
At the end of the year, we can either get a free copy of the small size calendar or purchase a new one, particularly those Chinese calendar with instructions for choosing the lucky day of a some traditional activities such as wedding or relocation.
A standard Malaysian calendar is a combination of four lunar calendar systems, namely Gregorian calendar, Chinese, Islamic and Hindu calendar systems. All systems are arranged systematically in boxes to indicate traditional festivals and public holiday, as Malaysia is well known for holidays.
For the sake of user friendly, calendar usually comes with a multilingual sidebar labelled Monday to Sunday, in Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil languages. There are also 12 cute animal images as Chinese traditional zodiacs at the bottom of every calendar, the sequence of these horoscopes is based on a story of animal racing to get chosen by the Lord of God.
At the end, 12 chosen animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. We use this zodiac system to calculate which year you were born and usually we use these horoscopes for future prediction, checking whether we are lucky in the following year and how to prevent bad luck in a year.
So, how about the calendar that you’ve been using in your country? Are they special? Colorful? With horoscopes on it?