Chinese New Year Dates

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.

Chinese New Year Dates: 2017, 2018–2030

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

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.

How Long Is the Chinese New Year Holiday?

The Official Holiday — 7 Days

Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is China's top family relaxation time.

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 New Year 2018 Holiday Calendar

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
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

The Traditional Holiday Period — 23 days

Lantern FestivalChinese New Year holiday traditionally finished with the Lantern Festival.

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.

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