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Chinese New Year 2023: Date, Zodiac Animal

Chinese New Year 2023: Date, Zodiac Animal

Written by CindyUpdated Aug. 10, 2022

Chinese New Year 2023 will fall on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, starting a year of the Rabbit. As a public holiday, Chinese people will get 7 days off from work from January 21st to January 27th in 2023.

Celebrations of Chinese New Year traditionally last for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival. The most notable dates of the Lunar New Year 2023 are these three days:

Chinese New Year Dates in 2023, 2024, 2025...

This table below shows you when Lunar New Year is celebrated from 2022 to 2034 and what the animal signs are for each Chinese zodiac year.

Year Date of Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Holiday Animal Sign
2022 Tuesday, Feb. 1 Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 Tiger
2023 Sunday, Jan.22 Jan. 21-27 Rabbit
2024 Saturday, Feb.10 Feb. 9-15 Dragon
2025 Wednesday, Jan.29 Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 Snake
2026 Tuesday, Feb.17 Feb. 16-22 Horse
2027 Saturday, Feb.6 Feb. 5-11 Goat
2028 Wednesday, Jan.26 Jan. 25-31 Monkey
2029 Tuesday, Feb.13 Feb. 12-18 Rooster
2030 Sunday, Feb.3 Feb. 2-8 Dog
2031 Thursday, Jan.23 Jan. 22-28 Pig
2032 Wednesday, Feb.11 Feb. 10-16 Rat
2033 Monday, Jan.31 Jan. 30 to Feb 5 Ox
2034 Sunday, Feb. 19 Feb. 18-24 Tiger

What is the Chinese New Year 2023 Animal? — Rabbit

Chinese zodiac yearsThe Chinese zodiac gives each year an animal sign.

2023 is a Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese zodiac. The 12 animals consist of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

More specifically, 2023 is a Year of the Water Rabbit, starting from January 22nd, 2023, and lasting until February 9th, 2024. 

Recent/upcoming years of the Tiger are 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, and 2035. If you were born in one of the years, then you are a Rabbit. You will experience your zodiac birth sign year (benmingnian) in 2023, which is considered bad luck.

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator tool to find your zodiac animal sign and check your horoscope in 2023 on our page Chinese zodiac

Why Does Chinese New Year Date Change Every Year?

The date is decided by the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon and sun and is generally 21–51 days behind the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar.

The date of Chinese New Year changes every year, but it always falls between January 21st and February 20th. The day of Chinese New Year is a new moon day, usually the second after the winter solstice.

How Long is the Chinese New Year Holiday?

China's public holiday for Lunar New Year is 7 days, from Chinese New Year's Eve to the sixth day of the lunar calendar new year.

Offices, banks, factories, shops, and most non-essential services will close doors for a week's holiday. Hotels and large retail outlets stay open and may even be busier than usual! School holidays are four weeks long and migrant workers abandon their factory and construction jobs for weeks to return home. 

Holidays in Hong Kong, Macao, and other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Korea are 1 to 3 days.

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