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Chinese New Year 2023, 2024, 2025: Dates, Zodiac Animals

Chinese New Year 2023, 2024, 2025: Dates, Zodiac Animals

Written by CindyUpdated Jul. 1, 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's Eve on January 21st, 2023
  • Chinese New Year's Day on January 22nd, 2023
  • The Lantern Festival on February 5th, 2023

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.

Chinese New Year Dates and Calendar from 2023 to 2034

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 Day Animal Sign
2022 Feb. 1 Tuesday Tiger
2023 Jan.22 Sunday Rabbit
2024 Feb.10 Saturday Dragon
2025 Jan.29 Wednesday Snake
2026 Feb.17 Tuesday Horse
2027 Feb.6 Saturday Goat
2028 Jan.26 Wednesday Monkey
2029 Feb.13 Tuesday Rooster
2030 Feb.3 Sunday Dog
2031 Jan.23 Thursday Pig
2032 Feb.11 Wednesday Rat
2033 Jan.31 Monday Ox
2034 Feb. 19 Sunday Tiger

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