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Chinese New Year 2020 will fall on Saturday, January 25th, 2020, and celebrations will continue from Chinese New Year's Eve for 16 days in total. As a public holiday, Chinese people will get 7 days off from work from January 24 – 30 in 2020.
Chinese New Year 2021 will fall on Friday, February 12th, 2021.
Usually Chinese New Year festival period lasts for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year's eve to the Lantern Festival. In 2020, it is from January 24 to February 8th.
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: January 24 – January 30, 2020.
Traditionally Chinese 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 17, 2020).
|SOLAR DATE (2020)||LUNAR DATE||TITLE|
|January 17th||December 23rd||Little Year (小年, xiǎo nián)|
|January 24th||December 30th||New Year's Eve (除夕, chúxì)|
|January 25th||January 1st||Spring Festival (春节, chūn jié)|
|January 26th||January 2nd||To the in-law’s (迎婿日, yíng xù rì)|
|January 27th||January 3rd||Day of the Rat (鼠日, shǔ rì)|
|January 28th||January 4th||Day of the Sheep (羊日, yáng rì)|
|January 29th||January 5th||Break Five (破五, pò wǔ)|
|January 30th||January 6th||Day of the Horse (马日, mǎ rì)|
|January 31st||January 7th||Day of the Human (人日, rén rì)|
|February 1st||January 8th||Day of the Millet (谷日节, gǔ rì jié)|
|February 2nd||January 9th||Providence Health (天公生, tiān gōng shēng)|
|February 3rd||January 10th||Stone Festival (石头节, shí tou jié)|
|February 4th||January 11th||Son-in-law Day (子婿日, zǐ xù rì)|
|February 5th–7th||January 12th–14th||Lantern Festival Preparations|
|February 8th||January 15th||Lantern Festival (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié)|
2020 is a Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac, starting from January 25th, 2020 and lasting until February 11th, 2021.
2021 is a Year of the Ox, starting from February 12, 2021, and lasting until January 31, 2022.
Red is the main color for the festival, as red is believed to be an auspicious color. Red Chinese lanterns and red couplet are the most popular decorations.
As 2020 will be a year of the Rat, decorations related to rats will be commonly seen. See the Top 7 Decorations for Chinese New Year.
As 2020 is a Year of the Rat. Chinese will often greet with: "Wish you Rat year lucky." 祝你鼠年吉祥！
See more Chinese New Year greetings.