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Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) 2023/2024: Feb. 10, Animal Sign Dragon, Horoscope

Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) 2023/2024: Feb. 10, Animal Sign Dragon, Horoscope

Written by CindyUpdated Sep. 26, 2023

Chinese New Year 2024 will fall on Saturday, February 10th, 2024, starting a year of the Dragon. As a public holiday, Chinese people will get 7 days off from work from February 9th to February 15th in 2024.

What is the Chinese New Year 2024 Animal? — Dragon

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

Chinese New Year 2024 is a Year of the Dragon, more specifically, Wood Dragon, starting from February 10th, 2024, and lasting until January 28th, 2025.

Recent/upcoming years of the Dragon are 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, and 2036. If you were born in one of the years, then you are a Rabbit. You will experience your zodiac birth sign year (benmingnian) in 2024, which is considered bad luck.

The 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator tool to find your zodiac animal sign and check your horoscope in 2024 on our page Chinese Zodiac.

Is 2023 Lucky for You? — Chinese Horoscope 2023 for 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

2023 is a year of the Rabbit. What zodiac animal signs are lucky in 2023? Firstly come Oxes, Tigers, and Snakes. Then, with not quite so much luck, come Dogs, Horses, Goats, and Pigs. Rabbits', Rats' and Snakes' fortunes will be influenced by 'opposition to Tai Sui'. Roosters and Monkeys will have to work especially hard to make headway.

Click the picture below to check each animal sign's horoscope in 2023:

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.

How Long is Chinese New Year 2024?

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 2024 are these three days:

Each day of the 16-day long festival has a name, and usually an assigned purpose or meaning. Below is a table of all the important dates and their meanings.

Solar Date (2024) Lunar Date Title Purpose / Meaning
Feb. 9th 12th month, 30th day
除夕 (Chúxì)
New Year's Eve
(除夕 Chúxì)
The most important celebration, includes the family reunion dinner, and staying up until midnight.
Feb. 10th 1st month, 1st day
初一 (Chūyī)
New Year's Day
初一 (Chūyī)
A day for visiting/greeting family and relatives, giving presents, and visiting ancestors' graves.
Feb. 11th 1st month, 2nd day
初二 (Chū'èr)
In-Law's Day
(迎婿日 Yíngxùrì, or
开年 Kāinián)
Married women visit their parents with their husbands and children.
Feb. 12th 1st month, 3rd day
初三 (Chūsān)
Day of the Rat
(鼠日 Shǔrì)
An ominous day, common to stay at home and rest with family, play games.
Feb. 13th 1st month, 4th day
初四 (Chūsì)
Day of the Sheep
(羊日 Yángrì)
An auspicious day, for prayer and giving offerings, or going to temples or fortune-tellers.
Feb. 14th 1st month, 5th day
初五 (Chūwǔ)
Break Five
(破五 Pòwǔ)
Commonly accepted as the day when taboos (from previous days) can be broken.
Feb. 15th 1st month, 6th day
初六 (Chūliù)
Day of the Horse
(马日 Mǎrì)
Believed to be the best day to get rid of old, unwanted things. Also an acceptable day to resume labor.
Feb. 16th 1st month, 7th day
初七 (Chūqī)
Day of Mankind
(人日 Rénrì)
Believed to be the day people were created. Encouraged to spend out in nature.
Feb. 17th 1st month, 8th day
初八 (Chūbā)
Day of the Grain
(谷日节 Gǔrìjié)
Good weather on this day will symbolize good crops for the year. Many families will have a second 'mini' reunion dinner.
Feb, 18th 1st month, 9th day
初九 (Chūjiǔ)
Providence Health
(天公生 Tiāngōngshēng)
The 'Jade Emperor's birthday, giving offerings, lighting incense, and setting off firecrackers.
Feb. 19th 1st month, 10th day
初十 (Chūshí)
Stone Festival
(石头节 Shítoujié)
The birthday of the 'god stone', similar to the previous day's rituals.
Feb. 20th 1st month, 11th day
初十一 (Chūshíyī)
Son-in-Law Day
(子婿日 Zǐxùrì)
Fathers are expected to 'entertain' or treat their sons-in-law on this day.
Feb. 21st – 23th 1st month, 12th – 14th day
初十二 - 初十四 (Chūshí'èr - Chūshísì)
Lantern Day Preparations Preparations for the lantern festival: cooking, making lanterns, etc.
Feb. 24th 1st month, 15th day
初十五 (Chūshíwǔ)
Lantern Festival
(元宵节 Yuánxiāojié)
Marks the end of the festival. Lanterns are lit and hung or flown, people watch dragon dances in the streets, and children answer lantern riddles.

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

This table below shows you when Lunar New Year is celebrated from 2023 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
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

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