Chinese New Year 2019: Dates and Calendar

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Chinese New Year 2019 will fall on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, and celebrations will continue from New Year's Eve for 16 days in total. 2019 is a Year of the Pig according to Chinese zodiac.

As a public holiday, Chinese people will get 7 days off from work from February 4 – 10 in 2019.

Chinese New Year Dates: 2019, 2020, 2021–2030

Year Chinese New Year Date Day of the week Zodiac Animal
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
2028 January 26 Wednesday Monkey
2029 February 13 Tuesday Rooster
2030 February 3 Sunday Dog

How Long Is the Chinese New Year Holiday?

The Official Holiday — 7 Days

The standard public holiday for (Mainland) Chinese is the 7 days from Chinese New Year's Eve to day 6 of the lunar calendar new year (February 4 – February 10, 2019).

Chinese New Year Dates and Holiday Calendar in 2019

Chinese Calendar Date New Year's Eve New Year's Day Month 1 Day 2 Month 1 Day 3 Month 1 Day 4 Month 1 Day 5 Month 1 Day 6
2019 Date Feb. 4 Feb. 5 Feb. 6 Feb. 7 Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 10
Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is China's top family relaxation time.

The Traditional Holiday Period — 23 days

Traditionally New Year activities started as early as three weeks before Chinese New Year's Eve, but a week before was more usual. Traditional (mostly rural) folk start cleaning their houses from the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month (January 28, 2019).

Traditionally the end of the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year holiday) is the Lantern Festival — Chinese month 1 day 15 (February 19, 2019). 

The Chinese New Year Date is Decided by China's Lunar Calendar

Chinese New Year's Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar.

The date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar, but is always between January 21st and February 20th. The two most important days of Chinese New Year are:

  • Chinese New Year's Eve: the day of family reunions
    On a Chinese calendar: 除夕 Chúxī /choo-sshee/ 'getting-rid-of evening'
  • Chinese New Year's Day: the day of (close) family visits and New Year greetings
    On a Chinese calendar: 初一 Chūyī /choo-ee/ 'first 1'
Find out Chinese New Year dates with our Chinese calendar calculator.

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