Chinese New Year 2025: Lunar New Year's Dates, Animal Sign

Written by Matteo Updated Apr. 3, 2021

Chinese New Year 2025 starts on Wednesday, January 29th, 2025, and ends on February 16th, 2026. It is the Year of the Snake. Chinese people will have a 7-day holiday from January 28th to February 3rd.

The origins of Chinese New Year date back to ancient times, with its exact start varying until the Shang dynasty when the emperor established the first day of the lunar calendar as the New Year.

In 1941, during modern Chinese history, President Yuan Shikai renamed the Lunar New Year to the Spring Festival, coinciding with the introduction of public holidays for the Chinese New Year festivities.

Chinese New Year calendar

Chinese New Year Dates in 2025, 2026, 2027...

Here are the Chinese New Year dates and the Chinese New Year public holiday from 2024 to 2043. You can also find the Chinese zodiac signs for each year.

Year Chinese New Year Date Chinese New Year Holiday Chinese Zodiac Sign
2024 Feb.10 (Saturday) Feb. 10-17 Dragon
2025 Jan. 29 (Wednesday) Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 Snake
2026 Feb. 17 (Tuesday) Feb. 16-22 Horse
2027 Feb. 6 (Saturday) Feb. 5-11 Goat
2028 Jan. 26 (Wednesday) Jan. 25-31 Monkey
2029 Feb. 13 (Tuesday) Feb. 12-18 Rooster
2030 Feb. 3 (Sunday) Feb. 2-8 Dog
2031 Jan. 23 (Thursday) Jan. 22-28 Pig
2032 Feb. 11 (Wednesday) Feb. 10-16 Rat
2033 Jan. 31 (Monday) Jan. 30 to Feb 5 Ox
2034 Feb. 19 (Sunday) Feb. 18-24 Tiger
2035 Feb. 8 (Thursday) Feb. 7-13 Rabbit
2036 Jan. 28 (Monday) Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 Dragon
2037 Feb. 15 (Sunday) Feb. 14-20 Snake
2038 Feb. 4 (Thursday) Feb. 3-9 Horse
2039 Jan. 24 (Monday) Jan. 23-29 Goat
2040 Feb. 12 (Sunday) Feb. 11-17 Monkey
2041 Feb. 1 (Friday) Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 Rooster
2042 Jan. 22 (Wednesday) Jan. 21-27 Dog
2043 Feb. 10 (Tuesday) Feb. 9-15 Pig

Chinese New Year Public Holiday 2025

Officially, Chinese people will have a 7-day holiday from the Chinese New Year's Eve to the sixth day of the lunar new year.

In 2025, the New Year public holiday is from January 28th to February 3rd.

Some companies may extend the holiday up to 16 days.

During the Chinese New Year holiday, office buildings are closed. Shops may close for 1 to 3 days usually from New Year's Eve to the 3rd day.

Popular attractions and temples are always crowded. Usually, everything should get back to normal after the sixth day of the first lunar month.

Chinese New Year Holiday
Chinese New Year Holiday

Chinese New Year 2025 Animal: Snake

2025 is the year of the Snake. It is the year of the Wood Snake. The snake symbolizes longevity, wisdom, and mystery in Chinese culture. The combination of the snake and "wood" elements means 2025 will be a year of propensity and mystery.

Year of the Sanke

How Long Is the Chinese New Year 2025 Last?

The Chinese New Year 2025 starts on January 29th, 2025, and ends on February 16th, 2026. The Chinese New Year holiday will last for 7 days from January 28th to February 3rd.

Traditionally, celebrations of the Chinese New Year last from Chinese New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival. The celebration activities are different every day, but all of them are aimed at welcoming the upcoming new year.

Read Chinese New Year Celebrations to learn how Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year day by day.

Chinese New Year 2026 - Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year 2026, also known as the Year of the Horse, will be celebrated on February 17th. People are going to obtain a 7-day holiday from Feb. 16-22.

The horse is a symbol of success, wealth, and loyalty. The other years of the horse include 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942…...

People who were born in these years are enthusiastic and outgoing.

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