Lunar New Year Holiday in Taiwan in 2021

Lunar New Year Holiday in Taiwan in 2021

  How long until Lunar New Year Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 134 days.
  Dates of Lunar New Year Holiday in Taiwan
2022 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)
2021 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
2020 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)
2019 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
2018 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
Public Day before Lunar New Year
  Lunar New Year Holiday in other countries
Lunar New Year Holiday internationally
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.

Working in Taiwan over Chinese New Year

Taiwan: Feb. 16. Employers who require employees to work during the holiday must pay twice their normal wages. It is customary to provide employees with a bonus payment around Chinese New Year.

Did you know?

Three facts about Lunar New Year Holiday

Chinese New Year creates the world's largest annual migration. Known as the Spring Festival Travel Rush, the total trips taken each year exceed three billion.

On Chinese New Year's Day, children are not punished even if they are misbehaving because, according to tradition, if children cry on this day, they will cry all year.

Eating fish to celebrate the Lunar New Year symbolizes wealth. Fish in Chinese has the same pronunciation as 'leftover' in the sense of leftover money.

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