Chinese New Year Dates 2014

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Chinese New Year's date is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally used) calendar.

Officially Chinese New Year is celebrated on Chuyi (初一 /choo-ee/ the very first day of the new year, Chinese New Year's Day) and Chuxi (除夕 /choo-sshee/ the last day of the previous year, Chinese New Year's Eve).

Traditionally though celebrations can start much earlier than Chinese New Year's Eve. Some people start to celebrate from three weeks before. The date is called Laba (腊八 /laa-baa/ the eighth day of the twelfth Chinese month), while more people celebrate from one week before — the 23rd of the twelfth month.

There are also two different closing dates. Officially it is the day when the one week holiday ends, usually the sixth day of Chinese New Year. Traditionally the ending day is the fifteenth day of the first Chinese calendar month — the Lantern Festival. Read more on day-by-day celebrations for this grandest of Chinese festivals.

Chinese New Year 2014 will fall on Friday, January 31. It will be the year of the horse. For people born in the year of the horse (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, and 2002), 2014 is considered an auspicious year. "Horses" are said to love to be in a crowd, and they can usually be seen at such occasions as concerts, theater performances, sporting occasions, and parties... Read more on the personality, career, and love suggestions for those born in the year of the horse and other Chinese zodiac animals by clicking on the links below.

Chinese New Year Dates for the Next Chinese Zodiac Cycle

Year Chinese New Year Date Zodiac Animal
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31
2015 February 19
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig
2020 January 25 Rat
2021 February 12 Ox
2022 February 1 Tiger
2023 January 22 Rabbit
2024 February 10 Dragon
2025 January 29 Snake
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Questions and Answers About Chinese New Year Dates 2014

ELAINE MYERS 2014-01-12
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Dear ELAINE, Officially Chinese New Year is celebrated on Chuyi (Jan. 31, 2014) and Chuxi (Jan. 30, 2014). Lussie Lu replied on 2014-01-13
m j shire 2013-12-26
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are the shopping malls open during festifals feb-march..thnks
Yes, all the shopping malls open during Feb-March. Lily Guo replied on 2013-12-26
Larry Oram 2013-11-29
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Dear Sir, Would like to know the Starting date and the finish date for the annual Chinese Spring festival ? I might like to attend some of it. Thank You, Larry Oram
 Hi Larry,

Chinese Lunar Festival is from 30th Jan. to 5th Feb. It takes about one week. But during this festival, many restaurants and stores are closed. You can visit China before Lunar Festival. Good Luck.


Christy Luo replied on 2013-11-30
Beth Tappan 2013-10-10
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What are the days in 2014 that official offices are closed for CNY? Thanks!

Dear Beth,
The Chinese Spring festival starts from Jan. 30, 2014 to Feb. 5, 2014. So Chinese official offices will close during that time.

Nancy Deng replied on 2013-10-11
Serah 2013-08-27
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when will chinese new year 2014 end?
Dear Serah, Than Chinese New Year starts from Jan. 31, 2014 to Feb.14, 2014. Nancy Nancy Deng replied on 2013-08-28
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