This year, 2023, the Chinese New Year is celebrated on 22 January. According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, it is the beginning of year of the Rabbit (Hare).
A lunisolar calendar
As different from the Western Gregorian calendar, based on solar years, the Chinese one is a lunisolar one, reconciling the solar and the purely lunar calendars. That is why the Chinese New Year does not fall on the same date each year.
Well in advance, the upcoming year is interpreted according to the Chinese Zodiac, with its 12-year cycle, and each year under the sign of an animal and its attributes.
New Year's dates in lunar calendars involve quite complicated calculations.
Chinese New Year dates 1900-2050 by decade, with zodiac sign for each year
An ancient tradition, in brief
There is a mythical thread going on and uniting modern customs with those born thousands of year ago, when the first calculations of the New Year got underway.
Each year, towards the end of January or beginning of February, an unmissable phenomenon occurs in China and in the neighbourhoods inhabited by large Chinese communities around the world. The preparations for the Chinese New Year are being stepped up, with all due excitement.
Red, as a colour, becomes predominant. The art of decorating is taken to a new level. The Dragon Dance is eagerly awaited, same for fireworks.