Chinese New Year 2023

Chinese New Year 2023 falls on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, starting the Year of the Rabbit. Chinese people will have a 7-day holiday from January 21st to January 27th.

The most important dates of the Chinese New Year 2023 are these three days:

Chinese New Year Dates in 2023, 2022, 2024, 2025……

Here are the Chinese New Year dates and Chinese New Year public holiday from 2023 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
2023 Jan. 22 (Sunday) Jan. 21-27 Rabbit
2022 Feb. 1 (Tuesday) Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 Tiger
2024 Feb. 10 (Saturday) Feb. 9-15 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 2023

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

In 2023, the Chinese New Year public holiday is from January 21st to 27th.

Some companies may extend the holiday up to 16 days as the Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival in China. Many working people will take this long holiday to go back home and get together with family.

During the Chinese New Year holiday, some shops and restaurants will close for 1 to 3 days. Popular attractions and temples would be 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 2023 Animal: Rabbit

Chinese New Year 2023 animal is the zodiac rabbit. 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit, starting from January 21st, 2023, and ending on February 9th, 2024.

The recent years of the Rabbit are 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939… If you were born in one of the years, then you are a rabbit, 2023 would be your zodiac birth sign year (ben ming nian) which will bring you bad luck.

Read the suggestions on How to Be Lucky in Your Zodiac Year. 

How Long Is the Chinese New Year Last?

Traditionally, celebrations of the Chinese New Year last 16 days from the Chinese New Year’s eve to the Lantern Festival.

Chinese New Year 2023 is celebrated from January 21 to February 5.

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

Why Do Chinese New Year Dates Change Every Year?

Chinese New Year date is different every year. It usually distributes between January 21st and February 22nd. Chinese lunar calendar is different from the gregorian calendar, so the New Year dates on the two calendars are different, but how can the Chinese New Year date itself have a so wide range?

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, there are big years and small years. In big years, there can be up to 384 days, but in small years, there can be only 355 days.

During the big years, the Chinese New Year date moves to late February, but during the small years, it goes back to late January.

After some successive big years, there must be several small years or vice versa, so the New Year date can never go out of the range.

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