Chinese New Year 2023

Lunar Chinese New Year 2023 is the year of the cute rabbit

For Chinese people, the rabbit is a lovable, tame animal representing hope and life. It is tender and lovely. The moon goddess Chang’e in the Chinese legend has a rabbit as her pet, which maybe represents the idea that only this creature is amiable enough to match her noble beauty. Another way of saying is that the Rabbit is the incarnation of the moon goddess per se and it is always a symbol of pureness and auspiciousness.

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are gentle and approachable. They have a decent, noble and elegant manner. We need more of that.

Much more about the Chinese New Year 2023 as we approach this biggest yearly celebration in the world.

This is what we cover:

When is Chinese New Year 2023?

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year 2023 will fall on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, starting a year of the Rabbit.

Happy-Chinese-New-Year-2022, Year of the tiger
Happy-Chinese-New-Year-2022, Year of the tiger

When was Chinese New Year 2022?

Chinese New Year 2022 fell on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The Chinese New Year animal sign will be the tiger. As a public holiday, Chinese people had 7 days off from work from January 31 to February 6, 2022. It is the world’s biggest party when you include Chinese-speaking countries and the New Year’s long, the 16 days in total.

Chinese New Year celebration traditionally lasts for 16 days, from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival. In 2022, it was from January 31 to February 15.

The most notable dates for the Chinese lunar year 2022 are these three days:

New Year’s Eve, January 31, 2022
New Year’s Day, February 1, 2022
The Lantern Festival on February 15, 2022

Traditionally, Chinese Lunar New Year activities begin as early as three weeks before Chinese New Year’s Eve. Old-fashioned (mostly rural) people start cleaning their houses from the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month (January 25, 2022).

The Chinese new year 2022 year of the tiger red and gold flower and Asian elements

What was the Chinese New Year 2022 animal? – It was the Tiger

2022 was the year of the Tiger according to the Chinese zodiac sign, starting from February 1, 2022 and lasting until January 21, 2023.

People born in a year with Tiger are expected to be brave, competitive, unpredictable and confident. They will experience the birthmark of their zodiac sign  in 2022, which is considered an accident.

The most recent / upcoming years for Tiger are 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022.

When is Chinese New Year in general?

The date of Chinese New Year changes every year, but it always falls between January 21 and February 20.

The date is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar, which is based on lunar and solar cycles and is generally 20 to 50 days ahead of the Gregorian (internationally used) calendar. Chinese New Year is a new moon day, usually the second after the winter solstice.

Previous Chinese New Year information

Here you can find previous New Year’s info primarily from 2019 onwards.

What are the characteristics of the bull?

Bulls are honest and sincere. They are low key and never seek praise or being the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they gain recognition through their hard work.

They believe that everyone should do what is asked of them within reason and stay within their own framework and abilities. Although they are friendly, it is difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. It is not appropriate for them, they are not emotionally controlled. Rarely do they lose their temper. They think logically and can be great leaders.

Chinese New Year, Hong Kong
Chinese New Year, Hong Kong

When is the Chinese New Year 2021?

In 2021, the Chinese New Year is February 12th. (year of the bull).

The giant New Year festival in all countries with a certain Chinese population lasts until the next new moon, about 15 days in total.

As an official holiday, Chinese people can get up to seven days off from work.

Early New Year and the 12-year Chinese New Year cycle

The Chinese New Year follows the Chinese 12-year cycle with one animal for each Chinese year. 2020 was the year of the rat It was the year of the pig in 2019, and it was the Year of the Dog in 2018. A total of 12 animals change in a rather complicated cycle.

Chinese New Year 2020. Rotten Year of 2020

2020 New Year: What does the rat symbolize in Chinese astrology?

The rat is the first of all animals symbolized in the Chinese calendar and mythology. According to an ancient Chinese myth, a Chinese Jade emperor said that the ranking of animals would be decided by the order in which they arrived at a big party. he held. The rat lured the bull by sitting on the bull’s back. So when they arrived at the finish line, Rotten jumped down and landed in front of the bull and stayed first. The rat is considered clever and cunning. Properties that also apply to humans born in the year of the rat. A good observer of other people. In short, in China, the view of this animal is quite different than in the West.

When it comes to yin and yang (阴阳 – yin yáng), the rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day. It also symbolizes the night.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and excess and fertility. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also beg / pray for the rat to have children.

Chinese New Year 2019

There are a total of 12 animal symbols that replace each other according to several criteria, including the movements of the moon according to Chinese astrology. As can be seen opposite, it is not the same day from year to year, but the same symbolism, rituals, food and gigantic celebrations that we can hardly imagine with a total of over 1 billion. participants around the world.

In 2019, it was the pig’s year- The pig as an example is the symbol of enthusiasm, optimism and hard work. The Chinese also see these traits as important to the people born in the pig years.

Chinese New Year´s celebration is a global event. 2019 is the year of the pig.

Chinese New Year follows a 12-year cycle with a changing animal as the symbol for each year. We have reached the year of the pig and last year 2018 was the year of the dog.

This huge celebration is so important to Chinese people and lasts a full 2 weeks. There are many symbols, and traditions, that have to be observed. In 2019 it begins Tuesday, February the 5th. In 2018 it was later from February 16th. It has to do with the position of the moon and the Chinese astrological tradition. Not so easy as Western New Year.

Worldwide more than 1 billion people celebrate Chinese New Year and thereby makes it possibly the biggest party of the year spanning from China, Singapore, Vancouver to Macau, London and any country where Chinese have settled.

The pig symbolizes hard work, enthusiasm, and optimism, all traits of character we can benefit from in 2019.

Chinesee new year Asia-Cina-lanterne
Chinese new year Asia-China-lanterne

How to celebrate the Chinese new year´s evening

As an example, we chose Singapore, where the 200 years of existence is celebrated jointly with the New Year. That makes for a major party. Fireworks invented by the Chinese take on a whole new dimension as this 15-minutes long video shows.

The celebration follows the new moon and starts the first day after the winter solstice. Below you can see another permanent ingredient the Lantern festival. The festival does not end until the 15. day and when the full moon is back then. You have tons of parades, people dressed as the animal of the year, lots of red color, lots of singing and music and at restaurants and at home, you eat the best food, you can prepare.

Chinese New Year 2019
Chinese New Year 2019

In 2019 the new moon, that defines the new year was February 4th and the full moon is Feb. 19th.

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How old is the Chinese New Year tradition?

The origins of the Chinese New Year festival are several thousands of years old and are steeped in legends but it is unclear when the beginning of the year was celebrated before the Qin Dynasty. A small-scale Spring Festival is said to have been celebrated as early as at the time of the legendary sage-emperors Yao and Shun.

You honor your forefathers and the deities at New Year.  So this way ti is celebrated in any country with a number of Chinese living.
From China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and to the Philippines.

In huge mainland China, there are variations how to celebrate. Some start the day before the New Year itself with a family dinner. You also clean your hour or apartment thoroughly to remove evil spirits and welcome the new year.
Doors and windows are decorated with red paper with small texts like Luck and Happiness, Long Life and Prosperity. And there are fireworks in enormous numbers.

Lucky food for chinese New Year Eve
Lucky food for Chinese New Year’s Eve

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What to eat for Chinese New Year

In northern China, dumplings are very popular. But New Year’s Eve it is for most families about healthy vegetable dishes. A bit like in Italy where green lentils are eaten New Year´s Eve symbolizing wealth.

More about Chinese New Year food here

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