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CHINESE NEW YEAR

When is Chinese New Year in 2023?

Chinese New Year in 2023 is on the Sunday, 22nd of Jan (1/22/2023).

Chinese New Year is on the 22rd day of 2023. There are 343 days left in the year.

Chinese New Year Facts

  • Date: Jan 22, 2023
  • National
  • Also Called: Lunar New Year
  • Celebrations: Gift exchange, Fireworks, Dragon and Lion dance, Family gathering
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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
  • Tue
  • Feb 01, 2022

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 31, 2022Jan 31Spring Festival Eve
TuesdayTueFeb 01, 2022Feb 01Chinese New Year
WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 03, 2022Feb 03Spring Festival Holiday
FridayFriFeb 04, 2022Feb 04Spring Festival Holiday
SaturdaySatFeb 05, 2022Feb 05Spring Festival Holiday
SundaySunFeb 06, 2022Feb 06Spring Festival Holiday
TuesdayTueMar 08, 2022Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 12, 2022Mar 12Arbor Day
TuesdayTueApr 05, 2022Apr 05Qingming Festival
SundaySunMay 01, 2022May 01Labor Day
WednesdayWedMay 04, 2022May 04National Youth Day
WednesdayWedJun 01, 2022Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
FridayFriJun 03, 2022Jun 03Dragon Boat Festival
FridayFriJul 01, 2022Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
MondayMonAug 01, 2022Aug 01Liberation Army Day
SaturdaySatSep 10, 2022Sep 10Mid-Autumn Festival
SaturdaySatOct 01, 2022Oct 01National Day
SundaySunOct 02, 2022Oct 02National Day Holiday
MondayMonOct 03, 2022Oct 03National Day Holiday
TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04National Day Holiday
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05National Day Holiday
ThursdayThuOct 06, 2022Oct 06National Day Holiday
FridayFriOct 07, 2022Oct 07National Day Holiday
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas Day