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Officially Celebration — 7 Days (February 7–13, 2016)
It's a public holiday for Chinese. Usually people have 7 consecutive days off from Chinese New Year's Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year's Day.
The most important days of celebration are:
Chinese New Year's Eve (February 7, 2016; Chúxi /choo-sshee/ 'Excluded Evening' on the Chinese calendar): the day of family reunions
Chinese New Year's Day (February 8, 2016; Chuyi /choo-ee/ 'First One' on the Chinese calendar): the day of (close) family visits and New Year greetings
Traditional Celebration — 23 days (January 31 – February 22, 2016)
fortuneThe character "fortune" is an important Chinese New Year decoration.
Traditionally celebrations start much earlier than Chinese New Year's Eve. Some people start to celebrate three weeks before, the 8th day of the twelfth Chinese month
(January 16, 2016; Làba /laa-baa/ '12th lunar month + 8').
More people celebrate from the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month (January 31, 2016). They start to clean the house to welcome a new year from then.
Traditionally the end day of the Spring Festival is the fifteenth day of the first Chinese month, February 22, 2016 — the Lantern Festival.
Chinese make all kinds of beautiful lanterns and eat sweet glutinous rice balls in sweet soup ( tangyuán /taang-ywen/ 'soup round').
Read more on day-by-day celebrations for this grandest of Chinese festivals.
2016 — A Monkey Year
Chinese New Year 2016 will be a year of the Monkey.
For people born in a year of the monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004), 2016 is considered a bad year.
See How to Avoid Bad Luck in 2016 If You're a Monkey.
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"Monkeys" are witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality...
Chinese New Year Dates for the Next Chinese Zodiac Cycle
Year Chinese New Year Date Day of the week Zodiac Animal
2016 February 8 Monday Monkey
2017 January 28 Saturday Rooster
2018 February 16 Friday Dog
2019 February 5 Tuesday Pig
2020 January 25 Saturday Rat
2021 February 12 Friday Ox
2022 February 1 Tuesday Tiger
2023 January 22 Sunday Rabbit
2024 February 10 Saturday Dragon
2025 January 29 Wednesday Snake
2026 February 17 Tuesday Horse
2027 February 6 Saturday Goat
Why Chinese New Year is Celebrated in Winter
Like Christmas in the other countries, Chinese New Year is China's much-needed winter holiday.
It was set to coincide with the slack time just before a new year of farm work begins, as a time of preparation.
Traditionally most Chinese were farmers, so this made sense.
Now 55% of China's population is urban (a generation ago it was 25%), but 100+ million return to their rural roots for CNY.