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Chinese New Year

2nd new moon after Winter Solstice (January/February)


 

 

 

 

About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is the first day of the Chinese (Lunar) calendar.  Celebrated by Chinese people around the world, it is a major holiday where friends and family gather for a reunion dinner and celebration. Red clothing is worn to ward away evil spirits and bad fortune and new clothing symbolizes starting the year anew.

Date - 2nd new moon after Winter Solstice (January/February)

Calendar Date Zodiac Animal Chinese Year Zodiac Years
January 26, 2009 Ox 4706* 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033
February 14, 2010 Tiger 4707 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
February 3, 2011 Rabbit 4708 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
January 23, 2012 Dragon 4709 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
February 10, 2013 Snake 4710 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
January 31, 2014 Horse 4711 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
February 19, 2015 Sheep (Goat) 4712 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
February 8, 2016 Monkey 4713 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
January 28, 2017 Rooster 4714 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
February 16, 2018 Dog 4715 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
February 5, 2019 Pig (Boar) 4716 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
January 25, 2020 Rat 4717 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
*Chinese Lunar Calendar - Leap 5th Month

Every 19 years has 228 solar months and 235 lunar months. Therefore, Chinese Lunar Calendar needs extra 7 lunar months in 19 years in order to match up solar and lunar cycles. That means every three years must need an extra lunar month. That extra month is called  Leap (intercalary) month.

There is a Leap Lunar Month in 2009 Chinese Lunar Calendar

Chinese New Year Celebrations and Events Worldwide

Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco

Golden Dragon Parade in Los Angeles

Chinese New Year in Singapore

References & Resources

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