Chinese New Year

October 11
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What's the Chinese New Year for 2023?

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Wisdomet avatar

The date is decided by the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon and sun and is generally 21–51 days behind the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar. The date of Chinese New Year changes every year, but it always falls between January 21st and February 20th. The day of the Chinese New Year is a new moon day, usually the second after the winter solstice.

Meanwhile, 2023 is a Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese zodiac. The 12 animals consist of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. More specifically, 2023 is a Year of the Water Rabbit, starting from January 22nd, 2023, and lasting until February 9th, 2024. 

More so, the Chinese New Year 2023 falls on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, starting a year of the Rabbit. As a public holiday, Chinese people will get 7 days off from work from January 21st to January 27th in 2023. Celebrations of Chinese New Year traditionally last for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival. The most notable dates of the Lunar New Year 2023 are these three days

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EnertaAllko avatar

Yes that was very helpful thank you.😊

peacefulheart avatar

Chinese New Year for the next year is on a Sunday, January 22, 2023. Chinese New Year traditionally last for 16 days starting from the Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year has no fixed dates, it varies from year to year but it generally takes place between January 21 and February 21. Each Chinese New Year has a Chinese Zodiac animal. Year 2023 is the year of the Rabbit.

You also might’ve noticed that Chinese people wear red during the New Year. They also hang red lanterns and decorations and give red envelopes. It is because RED is their lucky color and it’s a symbol of prosperity and wealth to them. Wearing red especially on the Chinese New Year means a lucky new year to them.

You can learn more about the Chinese New Year, their interesting beliefs and superstitions here.

Lifeisgood avatar

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important traditional holiday in China. It is celebrated by over a billion people worldwide, including Chinese communities in other countries. In 2023, the Chinese New Year will fall on January 22nd, marking the beginning of the Year of the Water Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac.

In this blog post, we'll explore the origins of Chinese New Year, how it is celebrated, and some of the traditions and customs associated with it.

Origins of Chinese New Year

The origins of Chinese New Year can be traced back over 4,000 years to ancient China. Legend has it that a mythical beast called Nian would come out of hiding on the first day of the new year to attack people and livestock. To ward off Nian, people would light fireworks and hang red lanterns outside their homes. They also discovered that Nian was afraid of the color red, so they would wear red clothes and hang red decorations.

Over time, Chinese New Year evolved into a time for family reunions, feasting, and giving thanks for the year that has passed and looking forward to the year ahead. It is also a time to honor ancestors and deities.

How Chinese New Year is celebrated

Chinese New Year celebrations typically last for 15 days, starting on the first day of the lunar calendar and ending with the Lantern Festival. The holiday is marked by a range of traditions and customs, including:

Cleaning and decorating

In the days leading up to Chinese New Year, people clean their homes to sweep away bad luck and make way for good luck. They also decorate their homes with red lanterns, couplets, and other decorations.

Reunion dinner

On New Year's Eve, families gather for a reunion dinner, also known as "Nian Ye Fan." This is the most important meal of the year, and families typically prepare a range of traditional dishes, such as dumplings, fish, and rice cakes.

Red envelopes

During Chinese New Year, it is customary to give "hongbao" or red envelopes filled with money to children, as a symbol of good luck and fortune.

Lion and dragon dances

Lion and dragon dances are a common sight during Chinese New Year. These dances are believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

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