This table shows Tibetan and Gregorian calendar equivalents.
The Tibetan astronomical system and calendar making is based on the Sri Kalachakra Tantra (Wheel of Time Tantra), which was translated into Tibetan from Sanskrit in
1027 A.D. Therefore Tibetan calendar also began year 1027, which was a
Fire-Rabbit Year. The Tibetan calendar operates with a 60-year cycle of five
elements and twelve animals. This cycle is called Rab-byung and it runs
from a Fire-Rabbit year to a Fire-Tiger year. At present, in the year 2005, we are in the 17th Rab-byung
and undergoing its 19th year, Wood-Bird. Please remember that the Tibetan New Year is around February, while the Elemental New Year is two to three months earlier in December.