Chinese New Year Dates 2016

Chinese New Year's Day's date is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally used) calendar, but always in the period January 21 to February 20. In 2016 it's Monday, February 8th.

When Chinese New Year is Celebrated

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.

2016 — a Monkey Year

Chinese New Year 2016 will be the year of the Monkey. For people born in the year of the monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 ), 2016 is considered an auspicious year. 

"Monkeys" are witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality... Read more on the personality, career, and love suggestions for those born in the year of the monkey 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
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
2026 February 17 Horse
2027 February 6 Goat

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