Chinese New Year around the world in 2025

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  Dates of Chinese New Year around the world
2025 Various Jan 27, Jan 28, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3
BruneiWed, Jan 29National Holiday
China Jan 28, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3
ChinaMon, Feb 3National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Feb 2National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Feb 1National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaFri, Jan 31National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaThu, Jan 30National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Jan 29National Holiday
ChinaTue, Jan 28National Holiday (additional day)
East TimorWed, Jan 29Government Holiday
Hong Kong Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31
Hong KongFri, Jan 31National Holiday
Hong KongThu, Jan 30National Holiday
Hong KongWed, Jan 29National Holiday
IndonesiaWed, Jan 29National Holiday
Macau Jan 28, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31
MacauFri, Jan 31National Holiday
MacauThu, Jan 30National Holiday
MacauWed, Jan 29National Holiday
MacauTue, Jan 28Government Holiday
Malaysia Jan 29, Jan 30
JohorThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
KedahThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
KelantanThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
Kuala LumpurThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
LabuanThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
MelakaThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
Negeri SembilanThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
PahangThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
PenangThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerakThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerlisThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday
PutrajayaThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday
SabahThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday
SarawakThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday
SelangorThu, Jan 30Regional Holiday
MalaysiaWed, Jan 29National Holiday
MauritiusWed, Jan 29National Holiday
PhilippinesWed, Jan 29National Holiday
Singapore Jan 29, Jan 30
SingaporeThu, Jan 30National Holiday
SingaporeWed, Jan 29National Holiday
SurinameWed, Jan 29National Holiday
Taiwan Jan 27, Jan 28, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2
TaiwanSun, Feb 2National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSat, Feb 1National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanFri, Jan 31National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanThu, Jan 30National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanWed, Jan 29National Holiday
TaiwanTue, Jan 28National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Jan 27National Holiday (additional day)
Thailand Jan 29
NarathiwatWed, Jan 29Regional Holiday
PattaniWed, Jan 29Regional Holiday
SatunWed, Jan 29Regional Holiday
YalaWed, Jan 29Regional Holiday
2024 Various Feb 8, Feb 9, Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15, Feb 16
BruneiSat, Feb 10National Holiday
China Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15, Feb 16
ChinaFri, Feb 16National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaThu, Feb 15National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Feb 14National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Feb 13National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaMon, Feb 12National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Feb 11National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Feb 10National Holiday
East TimorSat, Feb 10Government Holiday
Hong Kong Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13
Hong KongTue, Feb 13National Holiday
Hong KongMon, Feb 12National Holiday
Hong KongSun, Feb 11National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Feb 10National Holiday
Indonesia Feb 9, Feb 10
IndonesiaSat, Feb 10National Holiday
IndonesiaFri, Feb 9National Holiday (additional day)
Macau Feb 9, Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14
MacauWed, Feb 14Government Holiday
MacauTue, Feb 13Government Holiday
MacauMon, Feb 12National Holiday
MacauSun, Feb 11National Holiday
MacauSat, Feb 10National Holiday
MacauFri, Feb 9Government Holiday
Malaysia Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12
KelantanMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
Kuala LumpurMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
LabuanMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
MelakaMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
Negeri SembilanMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
PahangMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
PenangMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerakMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerlisMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
PutrajayaMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
SabahMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
SarawakMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
SelangorMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
TerengganuMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday (additional day)
MalaysiaSun, Feb 11National Holiday (additional day)
MalaysiaSat, Feb 10National Holiday
MauritiusSat, Feb 10National Holiday
Philippines Feb 9, Feb 10
PhilippinesSat, Feb 10National Holiday
PhilippinesFri, Feb 9National Holiday (bridge day)
Singapore Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12
SingaporeMon, Feb 12National Holiday (in lieu)
SingaporeSun, Feb 11National Holiday
SingaporeSat, Feb 10National Holiday
SurinameSat, Feb 10National Holiday
Taiwan Feb 8, Feb 9, Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14
TaiwanWed, Feb 14National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanTue, Feb 13National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanMon, Feb 12National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSun, Feb 11National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSat, Feb 10National Holiday
TaiwanFri, Feb 9National Holiday
TaiwanThu, Feb 8National Holiday (additional day)
Thailand Feb 10
NarathiwatSat, Feb 10Regional Holiday
PattaniSat, Feb 10Regional Holiday
SatunSat, Feb 10Regional Holiday
YalaSat, Feb 10Regional Holiday
2023 Various Jan 20, Jan 21, Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27
Brunei Jan 22, Jan 23
BruneiMon, Jan 23National Holiday (additional day)
BruneiSun, Jan 22National Holiday
China Jan 21, Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27
ChinaFri, Jan 27National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaThu, Jan 26National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Jan 25National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Jan 24National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaMon, Jan 23National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Jan 22National Holiday
ChinaSat, Jan 21National Holiday (additional day)
East TimorSun, Jan 22Government Holiday
Hong Kong Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25
Hong KongWed, Jan 25National Holiday
Hong KongTue, Jan 24National Holiday
Hong KongMon, Jan 23National Holiday
Hong KongSun, Jan 22National Holiday
Indonesia Jan 22, Jan 23
IndonesiaMon, Jan 23National Holiday (additional day)
IndonesiaSun, Jan 22National Holiday
Macau Jan 21, Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25
MacauWed, Jan 25Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauTue, Jan 24National Holiday
MacauMon, Jan 23National Holiday
MacauSun, Jan 22National Holiday
MacauSat, Jan 21Government Holiday
Malaysia Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24
Kuala LumpurTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
LabuanTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
MelakaTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
Negeri SembilanTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
PahangTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
PenangTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerakTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerlisTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
PutrajayaTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
SabahTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
SarawakTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
SelangorTue, Jan 24Regional Holiday (additional day)
MalaysiaMon, Jan 23National Holiday (additional day)
MalaysiaSun, Jan 22National Holiday
MauritiusSun, Jan 22National Holiday
Singapore Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24
SingaporeTue, Jan 24National Holiday (in lieu)
SingaporeMon, Jan 23National Holiday
SingaporeSun, Jan 22National Holiday
SurinameSun, Jan 22National Holiday
Taiwan Jan 20, Jan 21, Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 27
TaiwanFri, Jan 27National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanThu, Jan 26National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanWed, Jan 25National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanTue, Jan 24National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanMon, Jan 23National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanSun, Jan 22National Holiday
TaiwanSat, Jan 21National Holiday
TaiwanFri, Jan 20National Holiday
Thailand Jan 22
NarathiwatSun, Jan 22Regional Holiday
PattaniSun, Jan 22Regional Holiday
SatunSun, Jan 22Regional Holiday
YalaSun, Jan 22Regional Holiday
2022 Various Jan 29, Jan 30, 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 2, Feb 3
Hong KongThu, Feb 3National Holiday
Hong KongWed, Feb 2National Holiday
Hong KongTue, Feb 1National Holiday
IndonesiaTue, Feb 1National Holiday
Macau Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3
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 29, Jan 30, 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
TaiwanSun, Jan 30National Holiday
TaiwanSat, Jan 29National Holiday
Thailand Feb 1
NarathiwatTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
PattaniTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
SatunTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
YalaTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
2021 Various Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 17
BruneiSat, Feb 13National Holiday (in lieu)
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 15
Hong KongMon, Feb 15National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Feb 13National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Feb 12National Holiday
IndonesiaFri, Feb 12National Holiday
Macau Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15, Feb 16
MacauTue, Feb 16Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauMon, Feb 15Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauSun, Feb 14National Holiday
MacauSat, Feb 13National Holiday
MacauFri, Feb 12National Holiday
MacauThu, Feb 11Government Holiday
Malaysia Feb 12, Feb 13
MalaysiaSat, Feb 13National Holiday (additional day)
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 10, Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 15, Feb 16
TaiwanTue, Feb 16National Holiday (additional day)
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
TaiwanWed, Feb 10National Holiday
ThailandFri, Feb 12National Holiday

The Chinese New Year marks the start of the lunar new year, which occurs sometime between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. Also known as the Spring Festival, it is considered one of China’s most important celebrations, with each year being named after one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Festivities include fireworks, parades, and performances. The holiday closes with a lantern festival.

  Which countries observe Chinese New Year in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  BruneiJan 29
  ChinaJan 29
  Hong KongJan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31
  MacauJan 28
  MacauJan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31
  MalaysiaJan 29
  MalaysiaJan 30
  SingaporeJan 29, Jan 30
  SurinameJan 29
  TaiwanJan 28, Jan 29
  ThailandJan 29
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. 2023 will be the year of the Rabbit. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to have soft and tender personality traits. They keep a modest attitude and maintain a pleasant relationship to people around. They will not be irritated easily, and they also avoid quarrels as much as possible.

The Rabbit is the fourth of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. 

The zodiac also cycles through five inanimate elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, water; so 2022 will specifically be the Year of the Metal Tiger.

Year Date Animal
2025January 29thSnake
2024February 10thDragon
2023January 22ndRabbit
2022February 1stTiger
2021 February 12th Ox
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.

It may seem strange that the celebration is known as "Spring Festival" in China, even though it falls in January or February, which are classed as winter months. This is because the ancient solar calendar, which depicts 24 periods through the year, classifies the start of Spring as the period from February 4th to 18th.

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 a 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

Chinese New Year and the other Lunar New Year holidays are one of the most widely observed public holidays in the world with over one-sixth of the world's population celebrating.

It is a custom not to clean your house or wash your hair during Chinese New Year, as it symbolizes washing away any good spirits/fortune that may come your way during the new year.

The most common Chinese New Year greeting is "Guo Nian Hao" which means "Happy New Year."

More facts about Chinese New Year

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