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Chinese New Year 2018 will fall on Friday, February 16th, 2018, and celebrations will continue from New Year's Eve for 16 days in total. As a public holiday, Chinese people will get 7 days off from work from February 15 – 21 in 2018.
|Year||Chinese New Year Date||Day of the week||Zodiac Animal|
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:
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 15 – February 21, 2018).
(China Highlights will be officially on holiday during this period, and back at work on Thursday, February 22, though you can still reach our 24/7 hotline numbers, and on-duty travel advisors.)
Officially only the first three days of Chinese New Year are statutory holiday. Chinese must work the two weekend days closest to the statutory holiday to "make up the work time".
|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|
|2018 Date||Feb. 15||Feb. 16||Feb. 17||Feb. 18||Feb. 19||Feb. 20||Feb. 21|
Traditionally New Year activities started as early as three weeks before Chinese New Year's Eve, but a week before was more usual, and went on until month 1 day 15, Lantern Festival.
Traditional (mostly rural) folk start cleaning their houses to welcome a new year from the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month (February 8, 2018).
Traditionally the end of the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year holiday) is the Lantern Festival — Chinese month 1 day 15 (March 2, 2018). Then beautiful lanterns are displayed and sweet rice dumpling soup is eaten.
We have more detail on day-by-day activities for this grandest of Chinese festivals.