Simes celebrate Conception Day rather than birthday --- conception time often known to the minute. They don't talk about this to Gens, since such knowledge would seem like black magic in terms of emotional connotations. --- Source: Index card file. Attributed to Jean Lorrah --- February 22, 1977.
Simes and Gens who have grown up among Simes count their age from changeover day or establishment day because the number of years one has been a mature adult signifies character, survival ability and wisdom.
Out-Territory culture retains the habit of counting age from birth.