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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.

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