Chinese New Year Dates

Chinese New Year Date 2018

February 16, 2018

The Chinese New Year of 2018 falls on February 16th (Friday), and the festival will last to March 2nd, about 15 days in total.

As an official public holiday, Chinese people can get seven days' absence from work, from February 15th to 21st.

 

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year dates vary slightly between years, but it usually comes during the period from January 21st to February 20th in Gregorian calendar.

Chinese New Year dates changes every year because the festival is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The lunar calendar is associated with the movement of the moon, which usually defines traditional festivals like the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Day.

The lunar calendar is also associated with 12 animal signs in Chinese zodiac, so every 12 years is regarded as a cycle. 2018 is a Year of the Dog, while 2019 turns to be a Year of the Pig.

Spring Festival Lanterns

 

How Long is Chinese New Year Holiday?

The public holiday is only seven days long, from the Lunar New Year's Eve to the sixth day of the first lunar month, however, in common knowledge among Chinese people, the festival lasts longer, from the Lunar New Year's Eve to the 15th day of the first lunar month (Lantern Festival).

According to the old folk customs, the traditional celebration starts even earlier, from the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month. Among these days, the Eve and New Year's Day is the peak time of celebration.

 

Chinese New Year Calendar (1930 - 2030)

Years Dates Lasting Days  (Month-Date-Year)  Animal Signs
1930  Jan. 30, 1930 (Thursday)  01-30-1930 ~ 02-16-1931  Horse
1931  Feb. 17, 1931 (Tuesday)  02-17-1931 ~ 02-05-1932  Sheep
1932  Feb. 6, 1932 (Saturday)  02-06-1932 ~ 01-25-1933  Monkey
1933  Jan. 26, 1933 (Thursday)  01-26-1933 ~ 02-13-1934  Rooster
1934  Feb. 14, 1934 (Wednesday)  02-14-1934 ~ 02-03-1935  Dog
1935  Feb. 4, 1935 (Monday)   02-04-1935 ~ 01-23-1936  Pig
1936  Jan. 24, 1936 (Friday)  01-24-1936 ~ 02-10-1937  Rat
1937  Feb. 11, 1937 (Thursday)  02-11-1937 ~ 01-30-1938  Ox
1938  Jan. 31, 1938 (Monday)  01-31-1938 ~ 02-18-1939  Tiger
1939  Feb. 19, 1939 (Sunday)  02-19-1939 ~ 02-07-1940  Rabbit
1940  Feb. 8, 1940(Thursday)  02-08-1940 ~ 01-26-1941 Dragon
1941  Jan. 27, 1941 (Monday)  01-27-1941 ~ 02-14-1942  Snake
1942 Feb. 15, 1942 (Sunday) 02-15-1942 ~ 02-03-1943 Horse
1943  Feb. 4, 1943 (Friday)  02-04-1943 ~ 01-24-1944 Sheep
1944  Jan. 25, 1944 (Tuesday) 01-25-1944 ~ 02-12-1945  Monkey
1945  Feb. 13, 1945 (Tuesday)  02-13-1945 ~ 01-31-1946  Rooster
1946  Feb. 1, 1946 (Saturday)  02-01-1946 ~ 01-21-1947  Dog
1947  Jan. 22, 1947 (Wednesday)  01-22-1947 ~ 02-09-1948  Pig
1948  Feb. 10, 1948 (Tuesday)  02-10-1948 ~ 01-28-1949  Rat
1949  Jan. 29, 1949 (Saturday)  01-29-1949 ~ 02-16-1950  Ox
1950 Feb. 17, 1950 (Friday) 02-17-1950 ~ 02-05-1951  Tiger
1951  Feb. 6, 1951 (Tuesday)   02-06-1951 ~ 01-26-1952  Rabbit
1952  Jan. 27, 1952 (Sunday)   01-27-1952 ~ 02-13-1953  Dragon
1953  Feb. 14, 1953 (Saturday)   02-14-1953 ~ 02-02-1954  Snake
1954  Feb. 3, 1954 (Wednesday)  02-03-1954 ~ 01-23-1955  Horse
1955 Jan. 24, 1955 (Monday)  01-24-1955 ~ 02-11-1956  Sheep
1956  Feb. 12, 1956 (Sunday)  02-12-1956 ~ 01-30-1957  Monkey
1957 Jan. 31, 1957 (Thursday)  01-31-1957 ~ 02-17-1958  Rooster
1958  Feb. 18, 1958 (Tuesday)  02-18-1958 ~ 02-07-1959  Dog
1959  Feb. 8, 1959 (Sunday)  02-08-1959 ~ 01-27-1960  Pig
1960  Jan. 28, 1960 (Thursday)  01-28-1960 ~ 02-14-1961 Rat
1961  Feb. 15, 1961 (Wednesday)  02-15-1961 ~ 02-04-1962  Ox
1962  Feb. 5, 1962 (Monday)  02-05-1962 ~ 01-24-1963  Tiger
1963  Jan. 25, 1963 (Friday)  01-25-1963 ~ 02-12-1964  Rabbit
1964  Feb. 13, 1964 (Thursday)  02-13-1964 ~ 02-01-1965  Dragon
1965  Feb. 2, 1965 (Tuesday)  02-02-1965 ~ 01-20-1966  Snake
1966  Jan. 21, 1966 (Friday)  01-21-1966 ~ 02-08-1967  Horse
1967  Feb. 9, 1967 (Thursday)  02-09-1967 ~ 01-29-1968  Sheep
1968  Jan. 30, 1968 (Tuesday)  01-30-1968 ~ 02-16-1969  Monkey
1969  Feb. 17, 1969 (Monday)  02-17-1969 ~ 02-05-1970  Rooster
1970  Feb. 6, 1970 (Friday)   02-06-1970 ~ 01-26-1971  Dog
1971  Jan. 27, 1971 (Wednesday)  01-27-1971 ~ 02-14-1972  Pig
1972  Feb. 15, 1972 (Tuesday)   02-15-1972 ~ 02-02-1973  Rat
1973  Feb. 3, 1973 (Saturday)  02-03-1973 ~ 01-22-1974  Ox
1974  Jan. 23, 1974 (Wednesday)  01-23-1974 ~ 02-10-1975  Tiger
1975  Feb. 11, 1975 (Tuesday)  02-11-1975 ~ 01-30-1976 Rabbit
1976  Jan. 31, 1976 (Saturday)   01-31-1976 ~ 02-17-1977  Dragon
1977  Feb. 18, 1977 (Friday)  02-18-1977 ~ 02-06-1978 Snake
1978  Feb. 7, 1978 (Tuesday)   02-07-1978 ~ 01-27-1979 Horse
1979  Jan. 28, 1979 (Sunday)  01-28-1979 ~ 02-15-1980  Sheep
1980  Feb. 16, 1980 (Saturday)  02-16-1980 ~ 02-04-1981  Monkey
1981  Feb. 5, 1981 (Thursday)  02-05-1981 ~ 01-24-1982  Rooster
1982  Jan. 25, 1982 (Monday)  01-25-1982 ~ 02-12-1983  Dog
1983  Feb. 13, 1983 (Sunday) 02-13-1983 ~ 02-01-1984 Pig
1984  Feb. 2, 1984 (Wednesday)  02-02-1984 ~ 02-19-1985 Rat
1985  Feb. 20, 1985 (Sunday)  02-20-1985 ~ 02-08-1986  Ox
1986  Feb. 9, 1986 (Sunday)  02-09-1986 ~ 01-28-1987  Tiger
1987  Jan. 29, 1987 (Thursday)  01-29-1987 ~ 02-16-1988  Rabbit
1988  Feb. 17, 1988 (Wednesday)  02-17-1988 ~ 02-05-1989  Dragon
1989  Feb. 6, 1989 (Monday)  02-06-1989 ~ 01-26-1990 Snake
1990  Jan. 27, 1990 (Friday)   01-27-1990 ~ 02-14-1991  Horse
1991  Feb. 15, 1991 (Friday)  02-15-1991 ~ 02-03-1992 Sheep
1992  Feb. 4, 1992 (Tuesday)  02-04-1992 ~ 01-22-1993  Monkey
1993  Jan. 23, 1993 (Saturday)  01-23-1993 ~ 02-09-1994  Rooster
1994  Feb. 10, 1994 (Thursday)  02-10-1994 ~ 01-30-1995 Dog
1995  Jan. 31, 1995 (Tuesday)  01-31-1995 ~ 02-18-1996  Pig
1996  Feb. 19, 1996 (Monday)  02-19-1996 ~ 02-06-1997  Rat
1997  Feb. 7, 1997 (Friday)  02-07-1997 ~ 01-27-1998  Ox
1998  Jan. 28, 1998 (Wednesday)  01-28-1998 ~ 02-15-1999  Tiger
1999  Feb. 16, 1999 (Tuesday)  02-16-1999 ~ 02-04-2000  Rabbit
2000  Feb. 5, 2000(Friday)  02-05-2000 ~ 01-23-2001  Dragon
2001  Jan. 24, 2001 (Wednesday)  01-24-2001 ~ 02-11-2002  Snake
2002  Feb. 12, 2002 (Tuesday)  02-12-2002 ~ 01-31-2003  Horse
2003  Feb. 1, 2003 (Friday)  02-01-2003 ~ 01-21-2004  Sheep
2004  Jan. 22, 2004 (Thursday)  01-22-2004 ~ 02-08-2005  Monkey
2005  Feb. 9, 2005 (Wednesday)  02-09-2005 ~ 01-28-2006  Rooster
2006  Jan. 29, 2006 (Sunday)  01-29-2006 ~ 02-17-2007  Dog
2007  Feb. 18, 2007 (Sunday)  02-18-2007 ~ 02-06-2008 Pig
2008  Feb. 7, 2008 (Thursday)  02-07-2008 ~ 01-25-2009  Rat
2009 Jan. 26, 2009 (Monday)  01-26-2009 ~ 02-13-2010  Ox
2010  Feb. 14, 2010(Sunday)  02-14-2010 ~ 02-02-2011  Tiger
2011  Feb. 3, 2011 (Thursday)  02-03-2011 ~ 01-22-2012  Rabbit
2012  Jan. 23, 2012 (Monday)  01-23-2012 ~ 02-09-2013  Dragon
2013  Feb. 10, 2013 (Sunday)  02-10-2013 ~ 01-30-2014  Snake
2014  Jan. 31, 2014 (Friday)  01-31-2014 ~ 02-18-2015  Horse
2015  Feb. 19, 2015 (Thursday) 02-19-2015 ~ 02-07-2016  Sheep
2016  Feb. 8, 2016 (Monday)  02-08-2016 ~ 01-27-2017 Monkey
2017  Jan. 28, 2017 (Friday)  01-28-2017 ~ 02-15-2018  Rooster
2018  Feb. 16, 2018 (Friday)  02-16-2018 ~ 02-04-2019  Dog
2019  Feb. 5, 2019 (Tuesday)   02-05-2019 ~ 01-24-2020  Pig
2020  Jan. 25, 2020 (Saturday)  01-25-2020 ~ 02-11-2021  Rat
2021  Feb. 12, 2021 (Friday)  02-12-2021 ~ 01-31-2022  Ox
2022  Feb. 1, 2022 (Tuesday)  02-01-2022 ~ 01-21-2023  Tiger
2023  Jan. 22, 2023 (Sunday)  01-22-2023 ~ 02-09-2024  Rabbit
2024  Feb. 10, 2024 (Saturday)  02-10-2024 ~ 01-28-2025  Dragon
2025  Jan. 29, 2025 (Wednesday)  01-29-2025 ~ 02-16-2026  Snake
2026  Feb. 17, 2026 (Tuesday)  02-17-2026 ~ 02-05-2027  Horse
2027 Feb. 6, 2027 (Saturday)  02-06-2027 ~ 01-25-2028  Sheep
2028  Jan. 26, 2028 (Wednesday)  01-26-2028 ~ 02-12-2029  Monkey
2029  Feb. 13, 2029 (Tuesday)  02-13-2029 ~ 02-02-2030  Rooster
2030  Feb. 3, 2030 (Sunday)  02-03-2030 ~ 01-22-2031 Dog

 Further Reading:
Chinese New Year Facts
Origin and History
Legend Story of Monster Nian
Festivities Schedule
10 Traditions You Don't Know
Present-day Chinese New Year - Modern Activities

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