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CHINESE NEW YEAR

When is Chinese New Year in 2018?

Chinese New Year in 2018 is on the Friday, 16th of Feb (2/16/2018).

Chinese New Year is on the 47th day of 2018. There are 318 days left in the year.

Chinese New Year Facts

  • Date: Feb 16, 2018
  • National
  • Also Called: Lunar New Year
  • Celebrations: Gift exchange, Fireworks, Dragon and Lion dance, Family gathering
Chinese New Year iImage Credit: wikiPedia

Chinese New year is one of the most important traditional holidays in China. The day is celebrated on the first day of the first month according to Chinese calendar and is also known as Lunar New Year. The day is rooted in centuries old customs and traditions and is one of the most popular public holidays in China. Apart from China, the day is also celebrated in countries like Korea, Bhutan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong etc., which follows the Chinese calendar.

According to the popular myth, the origin of this day lies in the fight against Nian, a beast in Chinese mythology. The beast would visit the cities and eat cattle, crops and even people. In order to protect themselves from the beast, people would place food at their doorsteps after which the beast wouldn't harm them. However, once the people saw that the beast was scared of the color red. From then on, on the first day of every new year, people would hand red paper lanterns and other things red to scare off the beast. They would also light firecrackers in order to scare the beast away. After some time, the beast stopped coming to the city.

In some other cities like San Francisco, the day has its origins in the famous parade carried out by their ancestors. In 1849, many Chinese men came to the city to try their fortune after the Gold Rush. After facing hostility from the local people, they decided to hold a parade in order to showcase their culture and tradition to the localities. Ever since, the day is celebrated with a street parade in San Francisco.

Chinese New Year is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the world. The predominant color in all the celebrations of this day is red. According to tradition, red envelopes containing money are given by the elderly to the young. The money contained in these red envelopes is always even, which is determined by the left-most digit than the right-most one. The red envelopes are symbolic of staving off evil and bringing in good luck.

People exchange gifts and light firecrackers on this day. Other traditions associated with this day include hanging of the Fu symbol on the main door of the house which is supposed to bring good luck and wearing red color clothes. Dragon and Lion dances are also very popular during Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sun
  • Feb 14, 2010
  • Thu
  • Feb 03, 2011
  • Mon
  • Jan 23, 2012
  • Sun
  • Feb 10, 2013
  • Fri
  • Jan 31, 2014
  • Thu
  • Feb 19, 2015
  • Mon
  • Feb 08, 2016
  • Sat
  • Jan 28, 2017
  • Fri
  • Feb 16, 2018

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueJan 02, 2018Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2018Feb 15Spring Festival Starts
FridayFriFeb 16, 2018Feb 16Chinese New Year
SaturdaySatFeb 17, 2018Feb 17Spring Festival Ends
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
MondayMonMar 12, 2018Mar 12Arbor Day
ThursdayThuApr 05, 2018Apr 05Qingming Festival
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
FridayFriMay 04, 2018May 04National Youth Day
FridayFriJun 01, 2018Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
MondayMonJun 18, 2018Jun 18Dragon Boat Festival
SundaySunJul 01, 2018Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
WednesdayWedAug 01, 2018Aug 01Liberation Army Day
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Mid-Autumn Festival
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01National Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02National Day Holiday
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08National Day Holiday Ends
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas Day