Chinese New Year around the world in 2021

Chinese New Year around the world in 2021
  How long until Chinese New Year?
This holiday next takes place in 317 days.
  Dates of Chinese New Year around the world
2022 Various Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3, Feb 4
Brunei Jan 31, Feb 1
BruneiTue, Feb 1National Holiday
BruneiMon, Jan 31National Holiday (additional day)
China Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3, Feb 4
ChinaFri, Feb 4National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaThu, Feb 3National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Feb 2National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Feb 1National Holiday
ChinaMon, Jan 31National Holiday (additional day)
East TimorTue, Feb 1Government Holiday
Hong Kong Feb 1, Feb 3
Hong KongThu, Feb 3National Holiday
Hong KongTue, Feb 1National Holiday
IndonesiaTue, Feb 1National Holiday
Macau Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3, Feb 4
MacauFri, Feb 4Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauThu, Feb 3National Holiday
MacauWed, Feb 2National Holiday
MacauTue, Feb 1National Holiday
MacauMon, Jan 31Government Holiday
Malaysia Feb 1, Feb 2
MalaysiaWed, Feb 2National Holiday (additional day)
MalaysiaTue, Feb 1National Holiday
MauritiusTue, Feb 1National Holiday
PhilippinesTue, Feb 1National Holiday
Singapore Feb 1, Feb 2
SingaporeWed, Feb 2National Holiday (additional day)
SingaporeTue, Feb 1National Holiday
SurinameTue, Feb 1National Holiday
Taiwan Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3, Feb 4
TaiwanFri, Feb 4National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanThu, Feb 3National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanWed, Feb 2National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanTue, Feb 1National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Jan 31National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Jan 31National Holiday (additional day)
Thailand Feb 1
NarathiwatTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
PattaniTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
SatunTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
YalaTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
2021 Various Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 17
BruneiFri, Feb 12National Holiday
China Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 17
ChinaWed, Feb 17National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Feb 16National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaMon, Feb 15National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Feb 14National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Feb 13National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaFri, Feb 12National Holiday
ChinaThu, Feb 11National Holiday (additional day)
East TimorFri, Feb 12Government Holiday
Hong Kong Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15
Hong KongMon, Feb 15National Holiday
Hong KongSun, Feb 14National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Feb 13National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Feb 12National Holiday
IndonesiaFri, Feb 12National Holiday
Macau Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14
MacauSun, Feb 14National Holiday
MacauSat, Feb 13National Holiday
MacauFri, Feb 12National Holiday
MacauThu, Feb 11Government Holiday
Malaysia Feb 12, Feb 13
JohorSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
KedahSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
KelantanSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
Kuala LumpurSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
LabuanSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
MelakaSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
Negeri SembilanSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PahangSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PenangSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerakSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerlisSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday
SabahSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday
SarawakSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday
SelangorSat, Feb 13Regional Holiday
MalaysiaFri, Feb 12National Holiday
MauritiusFri, Feb 12National Holiday
PhilippinesFri, Feb 12National Holiday
Singapore Feb 12, Feb 13
SingaporeSat, Feb 13National Holiday
SingaporeFri, Feb 12National Holiday
SurinameFri, Feb 12National Holiday
Taiwan Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15
TaiwanMon, Feb 15National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSun, Feb 14National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSat, Feb 13National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanFri, Feb 12National Holiday
TaiwanThu, Feb 11National Holiday
Thailand Feb 12
NarathiwatFri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
PattaniFri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
SatunFri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
YalaFri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
2020 Various Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27, Jan 28, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2
BruneiSat, Jan 25National Holiday
China Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27, Jan 28, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2
ChinaSun, Feb 2National Holiday
ChinaSat, Feb 1National Holiday
ChinaFri, Jan 31National Holiday
ChinaThu, Jan 30National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Jan 29National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Jan 28National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaMon, Jan 27National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Jan 26National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Jan 25National Holiday
ChinaFri, Jan 24National Holiday (additional day)
East TimorSat, Jan 25Government Holiday
Hong Kong Jan 25, Jan 27, Jan 28
Hong KongTue, Jan 28National Holiday
Hong KongMon, Jan 27National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Jan 25National Holiday
IndonesiaSat, Jan 25National Holiday
Macau Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27, Jan 28, Jan 29
MacauWed, Jan 29Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauTue, Jan 28Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauMon, Jan 27National Holiday
MacauSun, Jan 26National Holiday
MacauSat, Jan 25National Holiday
MacauFri, Jan 24Government Holiday
Malaysia Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27
SarawakMon, Jan 27Regional Holiday (additional day)
MalaysiaSun, Jan 26National Holiday (additional day)
MalaysiaSat, Jan 25National Holiday
MauritiusSat, Jan 25National Holiday
PhilippinesSat, Jan 25National Holiday
Singapore Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27
SingaporeMon, Jan 27National Holiday (in lieu)
SingaporeSun, Jan 26National Holiday (additional day)
SingaporeSat, Jan 25National Holiday
SurinameSat, Jan 25National Holiday
Taiwan Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27, Jan 28, Jan 29
TaiwanWed, Jan 29National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanTue, Jan 28National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanMon, Jan 27National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSun, Jan 26National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSat, Jan 25National Holiday
TaiwanFri, Jan 24National Holiday
TaiwanThu, Jan 23National Holiday (additional day)
Thailand Jan 25
NarathiwatSat, Jan 25Regional Holiday
PattaniSat, Jan 25Regional Holiday
SatunSat, Jan 25Regional Holiday
YalaSat, Jan 25Regional Holiday
2019 Various Feb 4, Feb 5, Feb 6, Feb 7, Feb 8, Feb 9, Feb 10
BruneiTue, Feb 5National Holiday
China Feb 4, Feb 5, Feb 6, Feb 7, Feb 8, Feb 9, Feb 10
ChinaSun, Feb 10National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Feb 9National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaFri, Feb 8National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaThu, Feb 7National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Feb 6National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Feb 5National Holiday
ChinaMon, Feb 4National Holiday (additional day)
East TimorTue, Feb 5Government Holiday
Hong Kong Feb 5, Feb 6, Feb 7
Hong KongThu, Feb 7National Holiday
Hong KongWed, Feb 6National Holiday
Hong KongTue, Feb 5National Holiday
IndonesiaTue, Feb 5National Holiday
Macau Feb 4, Feb 5, Feb 6, Feb 7
MacauThu, Feb 7National Holiday
MacauWed, Feb 6National Holiday
MacauTue, Feb 5National Holiday
MacauMon, Feb 4Government Holiday
Malaysia Feb 5, Feb 6
JohorWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
KedahWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
KelantanWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
Kuala LumpurWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
LabuanWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
MelakaWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
Negeri SembilanWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
PahangWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
PenangWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerakWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerlisWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday
PutrajayaWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday
SabahWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday
SarawakWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday
SelangorWed, Feb 6Regional Holiday
MalaysiaTue, Feb 5National Holiday
MauritiusTue, Feb 5National Holiday
PhilippinesTue, Feb 5National Holiday
Singapore Feb 5, Feb 6
SingaporeWed, Feb 6National Holiday
SingaporeTue, Feb 5National Holiday
SurinameTue, Feb 5National Holiday
Taiwan Feb 4, Feb 5, Feb 6, Feb 7, Feb 8
TaiwanFri, Feb 8National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanThu, Feb 7National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanWed, Feb 6National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanTue, Feb 5National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Feb 4National Holiday
Thailand Feb 5
NarathiwatTue, Feb 5Regional Holiday
PattaniTue, Feb 5Regional Holiday
SatunTue, Feb 5Regional Holiday
YalaTue, Feb 5Regional Holiday
2018 Various Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 17, Feb 18, Feb 19, Feb 20, Feb 21
Brunei Feb 16, Feb 17
BruneiSat, Feb 17National Holiday
BruneiFri, Feb 16National Holiday
China Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 17, Feb 18, Feb 19, Feb 20, Feb 21
ChinaWed, Feb 21National Holiday
ChinaTue, Feb 20National Holiday
ChinaMon, Feb 19National Holiday
ChinaSun, Feb 18National Holiday
ChinaSat, Feb 17National Holiday
ChinaFri, Feb 16National Holiday
ChinaThu, Feb 15National Holiday
East TimorFri, Feb 16Government Holiday
Hong Kong Feb 16, Feb 17, Feb 19
Hong KongMon, Feb 19National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Feb 17National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Feb 16National Holiday
IndonesiaFri, Feb 16National Holiday
Macau Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 17, Feb 18, Feb 19, Feb 20
MacauTue, Feb 20Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauMon, Feb 19Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauSun, Feb 18National Holiday
MacauSat, Feb 17National Holiday
MacauFri, Feb 16National Holiday
MacauThu, Feb 15Government Holiday
Malaysia Feb 16, Feb 17
JohorSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
KedahSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
LabuanSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MelakaSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
PahangSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
PenangSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
PerakSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
PerlisSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
SabahSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
SarawakSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
SelangorSat, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MalaysiaFri, Feb 16National Holiday
MauritiusFri, Feb 16National Holiday
PhilippinesFri, Feb 16National Holiday
Singapore Feb 16, Feb 17
SingaporeSat, Feb 17National Holiday
SingaporeFri, Feb 16National Holiday
SurinameFri, Feb 16National Holiday
Taiwan Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 17, Feb 18, Feb 19, Feb 20
TaiwanTue, Feb 20National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Feb 19National Holiday
TaiwanSun, Feb 18National Holiday
TaiwanSat, Feb 17National Holiday
TaiwanFri, Feb 16National Holiday
TaiwanThu, Feb 15National Holiday
Thailand Feb 16
NarathiwatFri, Feb 16Regional Holiday
PattaniFri, Feb 16Regional Holiday
SatunFri, Feb 16Regional Holiday
YalaFri, Feb 16Regional Holiday
  Summary
The Chinese New Year is very similar to the Western one, swathed in traditions and rituals
  Which countries observe Chinese New Year in 2021?
  BruneiFeb 12National Holiday
  ChinaFeb 12National Holiday
  East TimorFeb 12Government Holiday
  Hong KongFeb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15National Holiday
  IndonesiaFeb 12National Holiday
  MacauFeb 11Government Holiday
  MacauFeb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14National Holiday
  MalaysiaFeb 12National Holiday
  MalaysiaFeb 13Regional Holiday
  MauritiusFeb 12National Holiday
  PhilippinesFeb 12National Holiday
  SingaporeFeb 12, Feb 13National Holiday
  SurinameFeb 12National Holiday
  TaiwanFeb 11, Feb 12National Holiday
  ThailandFeb 12Regional Holiday
Related holidays

When is Chinese New Year?

Lunar New Year is a public holiday in several countries in East Asia.

Chinese Lunar Year begins at sunset on the day of the second New Moon following the winter solstice (21st December). This means the New Year can begin anytime from January 21st through to February 21st.

Day by Day Guide to Lunar New Year

In China alone, the Spring Festival is the biggest human migration in the world as over 400 million people will empty the cities and return to their rural homes across the country. 

Chinese New Year Animal Signs

Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 2020 will be the year of the Rat. The rat is a symbol of spirit, wit, alertness, flexibility and vitality in China.

The rat is also the first of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. According to one legend, thousands of years ago the Jade Emperor told the animals that he would determine the order of the zodiac by the order in which the animals arrived at his party. Rat hitched a ride on the back of Ox. When they arrived at the palace, Rat showed his innate wit and hopped off Ox so he could be first.

The zodiac also cycles through five inanimate elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, water; so 2020 will specifically be the Year of the Metal Rat.

Year Date Animal
2022February 1stTiger
2021 February 12th Ox
2020 January 25th Rat
2019 February 5th Boar
2018 February 16th Dog
Full list of Years and Animals

Traditions of Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year has a great history. In other traditions, by this time in the year, most resolutions have been forgotten or put back to the following year. However, all hope is not lost, as there's a second chance to get it right with the celebration of Lunar New Year.

The Chinese New Year is very similar to the Western one, swathed in traditions and rituals.

The origin of the Chinese New Year is itself ancient and obscured by the amount of time. It is popularly recognised as the Spring Festival and celebrations last 15 days. The public holidays last about a week and stores and places of business usually reopen on the fifth day of the first lunar month.

Preparations begin a month before (similar to a Western Christmas) when people start buying presents, decoration materials, food and clothing. A huge clean-up gets underway days before the New Year when Chinese houses are cleaned from top to bottom, to sweep away any traces of bad luck, and doors and windowpanes are given a new coat of paint, usually red.

Chinese New Year's Eve

The eve of the New Year is perhaps the most exciting part of the event, as anticipation creeps in. Here, traditions and rituals are very carefully observed in everything from food to clothing.

Rituals include cleaning the house, putting up new posters of "door gods" on front doors, fireworks before the family union dinner, which should be at least 10-course meal with a whole fish entrée symbolizing the abundance of the coming year.

Red decorations are everywhere and it's usual to wear something red as this colour is meant to ward off evil spirits - but black and white are out, as these are associated with mourning. After dinner, the family sits up for the night playing cards, board games or watching TV programmes dedicated to the occasion. At midnight, the sky is lit up by fireworks.

Fireworks are a huge part of Chinese New Year celebrations, with more rockets set off on that night than on any other night of the year. Over 500 cities in China have actually now either restricted or outright banned fireworks due to safety concerns and air pollution, but they remain an immensely popular part of the New Year celebrations. The tradition comes from a folk tale about a monster named Nian who was scared away using firecrackers.

During the Spring Festival season, a 40-day period known as "Chunyun" that begins 15 days before Chinese New Year, sees masses of Chinese people travel back from the cities to their home towns to be with their families. This results in the world’s largest annual human migration.

In Chinese, the common greeting at New Year is "xin nian kuai le", which means "Happy New Year". Those in Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking parts of the world tend to go with "gong hei fat choy" which translates roughly to "congratulations on your good fortune".

Chinese New Year's Day

On the day itself, an ancient custom called Hong Bao, meaning Red Packet, takes place. This involves married couples giving children and unmarried adults money in red envelopes. It is also common for couples to give money to their parents.

In recent years, the custom has embraced modern technology and in 2017, 14.2 billion e-hongbaos (digital red packets) were sent on Chinese New Year's Eve through social media platforms such as WeChat.

Then the family begins to say greetings from door to door, first to their relatives and then their neighbours. Like the Western saying "let bygones be bygones," at Chinese New Year, grudges are very easily cast aside.

Traditional foods eaten during the Spring festival are fish (the Chinese word for 'fish' sounds like the word for ‘surplus,’ so the eating of fish is supposed to bring a surplus of money and good luck); Chinese dumplings (as their shape is said to be like that of silver ingots, which were used as money in ancient Chinese); spring rolls; rice cakes and rice balls.

Attracting more than 1.1 billion viewers, CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala is the most-watched national network TV broadcast in the world.

The end of the New Year is marked by the Festival of Lanterns, on the next full moon, which is a celebration with singing, dancing, and lantern shows.

Around the world

Chinese New Year celebrations are not limited just to mainland China and those countries who observe it as a public holiday. Across the world, the Chinese diaspora from Southeast Asia's centuries-old Chinese communities to the more recent Chinatowns such as Sydney, London, San Francisco, Vancouver, Los Angeles will mark Chinese New Year, with parades and lion dances attracting large crowds.

Iconic landmarks around the world such as the Tokyo Tower and the London Eye will turn red to mark the new year.

Did you know?

Three facts about Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is the longest public holiday in China, with students enjoying a month of winter vacation.

Though China enjoys several days of public holidays for Chinese New Year, the festival is celebrated for 15 days until the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the night of the first full moon.

Tradition says that Nian, a ferocious dragon that eats livestock and children, emerges from his hiding place on New Year's Eve, but is frightened off by the red decorations and banners and the sound of firecrackers!

More facts about Chinese New Year

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