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CHINESE NEW YEAR

When is Chinese New Year in 2022?

Chinese New Year in 2022 is on the Tuesday, 1st of Feb (2/01/2022).

Chinese New Year is on the 32nd day of 2022. There are 333 days left in the year.

Chinese New Year Facts

  • Date: Feb 01, 2022
  • 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
  • Tue
  • Feb 05, 2019
  • Sat
  • Jan 25, 2020
  • Fri
  • Feb 12, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
WednesdayWedJan 13, 2021Jan 13Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 11, 2021Feb 11Spring Festival Eve
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Chinese New Year
SundaySunFeb 14, 2021Feb 14Spring Festival Holiday
MondayMonFeb 15, 2021Feb 15Spring Festival Holiday
TuesdayTueFeb 16, 2021Feb 16Spring Festival Holiday
WednesdayWedFeb 17, 2021Feb 17Spring Festival Holiday
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
FridayFriMar 12, 2021Mar 12Arbor Day
MondayMonApr 05, 2021Apr 05Qingming Festival
SaturdaySatMay 01, 2021May 01Labor Day
TuesdayTueMay 04, 2021May 04National Youth Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14Dragon Boat Festival
ThursdayThuJul 01, 2021Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01Liberation Army Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21Mid-Autumn Festival
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01National Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02National Day Holiday
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03National Day Holiday
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas Day