Chinese New Year Dates 2017

Chinese new year date 2016

Chinese New Year's Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. But the date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar, between January 21th and February 20th. 

In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday, 28 January. 

Click to see Why Don't the Chinese Just Celebrate New Year on January 1?

When Chinese New Year is Celebrated

Officially Celebration — 7 Days (January 27– February 2, 2017)

It's a public holiday for Chinese. Usually people have 7 consecutive days off from Chinese New Year's Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year's Day.

Officially only the first three days of Chinese New Year (January 28–30, 2017) are statutory holiday. Chinese New Year's Eve and three more days are always added to give seven consecutive days of holiday. These four extra days are taken from weekends: the two weekend days closest to the statutory holiday are included.

The most important days of celebration are:

  • Chinese New Year's Eve (January 27, 2017; 除夕 Chúxī /choo-sshee/ 'Excluded Evening' on the Chinese calendar): the day of family reunions
  • Chinese New Year's Day (January 28, 2017; 初一 Chūyī /choo-ee/ 'First One' on the Chinese calendar): the day of (close) family visits and New Year greetings

Most people will return to work on Friday, February 3 or Saturday, February 4 in 2017.

Chinese New Year Dates 2017 (China's Public Holiday )
Day Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu
Dates Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Jan. 29 Jan. 30 Jan. 31 Feb. 1 Feb. 2

Traditional Celebration — 23 days (January 19 – February 11, 2017)

fortuneThe character "fortune" is an important Chinese New Year decoration.

Traditionally celebrations start much earlier than Chinese New Year's Eve. Some people start to celebrate three weeks before, the 8th day of the twelfth Chinese month (January 5, 2017; 腊八 Làbā /laa-baa/ '12th lunar month + 8'). More people celebrate from the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month (January 20, 2017). They start to clean the house to welcome a new year from then.

Traditionally the end day of the Spring Festival is the fifteenth day of the first Chinese month, February 11, 2017 — the Lantern Festival. Chinese make all kinds of beautiful lanterns and eat sweet glutinous rice balls in sweet soup (汤圆 tāngyuán /taang-ywen/ 'soup round').

Read more on day-by-day celebrations for this grandest of Chinese festivals.

2017 — A Rooster Year

Chinese New Year 2017 will be a year of the Rooster. For people born in a year of the rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005), 2017 is considered a bad year. See How to Avoid Bad Luck in 2017 If You're a Rooster.

"Roosters" are hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented... Read more on the personality, career, and love suggestions for those born in Rooster years, and for other Chinese zodiac animals by clicking on the links in the table below.

Chinese New Year Dates for the Next Chinese Zodiac Cycle

Year Chinese New Year Date Day of the week Zodiac Animal
2016 February 8 Monday Monkey
2017 January 28 Saturday Rooster
2018 February 16 Friday Dog
2019 February 5 Tuesday Pig
2020 January 25 Saturday Rat
2021 February 12 Friday Ox
2022 February 1 Tuesday Tiger
2023 January 22 Sunday Rabbit
2024 February 10 Saturday Dragon
2025 January 29 Wednesday Snake
2026 February 17 Tuesday Horse
2027 February 6 Saturday Goat

Why Chinese New Year is Celebrated in Winter

Like Christmas in the other countries, Chinese New Year is China's much-needed winter holiday.

It was set to coincide with the slack time just before a new year of farm work begins, as a time of preparation. Traditionally most Chinese were farmers, so this made sense. Now 55% of China's population is urban (a generation ago it was 25%), but 100+ million return to their rural roots for CNY.

Celebrating a New Working Year and Praying for Good "Harvests"

Lion danceLion dances are a popular Chinese New Year activity.

According to China's traditional solar calendar, which dictates the lunar calendar, the first Chinese "month" is called 'start of Spring'. The farming cycle is set to start some time after this, but it really depends on the location in China. The ground doesn't thaw in some places until March.

During the Spring Festival, Chinese traditionally celebrate the start of a new year of farm work, and wish for a good harvest. This has now evolved to celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations.

There are also many legends about Chinese New Year, which attempt to provide an origin for several Chinese New Year practices. See the Top 3 Chinese New Year Legends.

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