Chinese New Year 2020 - Date, Holidays, Animal

📅 Chinese New Year 2020 - Dates, holidays, calendar, animal and element of the Chinese year
By KarmaWeather - 1 December 2019
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Lunar New Year 2020 celebrations, which mark the beginning of the Golden Week and the Spring festival, start on Saturday 25 January, 2020.

When is Chinese New Year 2020?

Chinese New Year 2020 (CNY 2020) officially begins on January 25, 2020 and ends on February 11, 2021.

Below, find out the holiday and festival dates for Chinese New Year 2020 in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Further down this page you will find the official Chinese New Year's dates from 2017, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 until 2045, with their corresponding animal and element. Finally, you can read China's New Year calendar for 2020 which highlights important holidays and festivals in Asia during the Year of the Rat 2020.

Happy Chinese New Year 2020!

What is Chinese New Year 2020's animal sign and element?

Chinese New Year 2020, which marks the beginning of the Year of the Metal Rat, follows the ending of the Year of the Earth Pig 2019. The Rat is the animal of Chinese New Year 2020. His energy is going to be prevalent during the year, along with Metal, which is the element of the year in 2020.

January 25, 2020 is the first day of the Chinese New Year calendar for 2020, as well as the first day of the Month of the Earth Tiger. This date also marks the end of the Year of the Earth Pig and the end of the Month of the Fire Ox.

Spring festival and Chinese Golden Week 2020

Chinese New Year 2020, from Hong Kong to Paris, from Singapore to Malaysia, from Toronto to New York, from Montreal to Buenos Aires, is synonymous with the start of the Spring Festival and the beginning of a new start in the Chinese zodiac cycle. Needless to say that it's the most important day of the year and the start of specific holidays and celebrations in many Asian countries.

In 2020, as it is customary very year, Chinese New Year's day is an opportunity for all to share their joy with their family and friends on this festive occasion, which is punctuated by numerous celebrations, concerts, parades and parties throughout the weekend and the following days, starting on Saturday 25th January 2020, and usually lasting all over the week-end and sometimes much longer, depending on the countries.

Chinese Golden Week 2020, which starts with New Year and lasts until January 30th, 2020 is a National holiday in China, during which people travel from afar to reunite with their family and celebrate Lunar New Year together.

 

Chinese New Year 2020 - Lunar New Year holidays and celebrations in Asia

CountryStarting dayDuration (days)Holiday
🇨🇳ChinaJan. 24, 20203National
🇭🇰Hong KongJan. 25, 20203National
🇸🇬SingaporeJan. 25, 20202Public
🇻🇳VietnamJan. 24, 20206Public
🇹🇭ThailandJan. 25, 20203Regional
🇹🇼TaiwanJan. 24, 20206National
🇲🇾MalaysiaJan. 25, 20203National
🇵🇭PhilippinesJan. 25, 20201Non-working

 

Chinese New Year calendar - Official Dates from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 to 2045


Chinese New Year calendar dates, Chinese New Year animals and elements
Chinese New YearChinese New Year's DayAnimalElement
2017January 28, 2017🐔Rooster🔥Fire
2018February 16, 2018🐶Dog🗿Earth
2019February 5, 2019🐷Pig🗿Earth
2020January 25, 2020🐭Rat🛠Metal
2021February 12, 2021🐮Ox🛠Metal
2022February 1, 2022🐯Tiger💧Water
2023January 22, 2023🐰Rabbit💧Water
2024February 10, 2024🐲Dragon🌳Wood
2025January 29, 2025🐍Snake🌳Wood
2026February 17, 2026🐴Horse🔥Fire
2027February 6, 2027🐐Goat🔥Fire
2028January 26, 2028🐵Monkey🗿Earth
2029February 13, 2029🐔Rooster🗿Earth
2030February 3, 2030🐶Dog🛠Metal
2031January 23, 2031🐷Pig🛠Metal
2032February 11, 2032🐭Rat💧Water
2033January 31, 2033🐮Ox💧Water
2034February 19, 2034🐯Tiger🌳Wood
2035February 8, 2035🐰Rabbit🌳Wood
2036January 28, 2036🐲Dragon🔥Fire
2037February 15, 2037🐍Snake🔥Fire
2038February 4, 2038🐴Horse🗿Earth
2039January 24, 2039🐐Goat🗿Earth
2040February 12, 2040🐵Monkey🛠Metal
2041February 1, 2041🐔Rooster🛠Metal
2042January 22, 2042🐶Dog💧Water
2043February 10, 2043🐷Pig💧Water
2044January 30, 2044🐭Rat🌳Wood
2045February 17, 2045🐮Ox🌳Wood

 

2020 holiday and observance dates in China, Asian festivals

DateFestivalDescription
January 1, 2020New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2020 is the start of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. It’s a national holiday in China.
January 24, 2020Spring Festival EveOn Chinese New Year's Eve, family and friends gather and celebrate together during Spring Festival’s Eve dinner.
January 25, 2020Chinese New Year's DayThe first day of the Year of the Metal Rat 2020. Chinese New Year's day marks the beginning of the Spring Festival in China.
January 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2020Spring Festival, Golden Week holidayThe Golden Week is a 7 days national holiday in China.
February 8, 2020Lantern FestivalThe Lantern Festival traditionally marks the end of Chinese New year celebrations, on the fifteenth day following Chinese New Year’s day.
February 24, 2019Zhonghe FestivalAlso called the Blue Dragon Festival, it is celebrated on the first day of the second month of the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, the Dragon brings rain and good harvest.
March 8, 2020International Women's DayInternational Women's Day commemorates the movement for women's rights.
March 12, 2020Arbor DayAlso known as the National Tree Planting Day, it is a day of awareness and concrete action for the welfare of the planet.
March 20, 2020Spring equinox
April 4, 2020QingMing FestivalAlso called Tomb-Sweeping Day, Chinese Memorial Day or Ancestors' Day, it is celebrated fifteen days after the Spring Equinox. On this day, people pray for the deceased members of their family.
May 1, 2020Labour DayInternational Workers’ Day.
May 4, 2020Youth DayCelebration Day for young people from age 14 to 28.
June 1, 2020Children's DayCelebration Day for children under the age of 14.
June 25, 2020Duanwu FestivalAlso known as the Dragon Boat Festival, it is held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, just before the Summer solstice. Racing dragon boats is one of the many activities held during that day.
June 21, 2020Summer Solstice
Jul 11, 2020China National Maritime DayChina Maritime Day marks the anniversary of the travels of navigator Zheng He during the Ming Dynasty.
August 1, 2020Army DaySpecific celebration for military personnel in active duty.
August 25, 2020Double Seven FestivalAlso called the Chinese Valentine's Day, according to the Chinese calendar.
September 2, 2020Spirit FestivalThe Spirit Festival or Ghost Day is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth night of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar. It is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival during which families pay homage to their deceased ancestors. Lotus-shaped lanterns are set on rivers to help guide the soul of forgotten souls towards the afterlife.
September 10, 2020Teachers' DayTeacher's Day in China is celebrated on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
September 22, 2020Autumn equinox
October 1, 2020Mid-Autumn FestivalAlso called the Moon Festival, the festival is held on the fifteenth day of the eight month of the Chinese lunar calendar, during full moon time at night. Traditional mooncakes (lotus bean-filled cakes) and Rabbit-shaped cakes (the Rabbit is the zodiac animal associated with the moon) are eaten on this day. The Mid-Autumn Festival is also a period of choice to celebrate weddings in China.
October 1, 2020National DayNational Day in mainland China.
October 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2020Moon Festival Week holidayThe Moon Festival holiday is a recent national holiday period of 7 days, implemented by the Chinese government since 2000.
October 25, 2020Double Nine FestivalChongYang Festival is held on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese calendar. As 9 is associated to Yang, it’s also called the Double Yang Festival. It’s appropriate to visit elders and pay tribute to ancestors on this day.
December 21, 2020Winter Solstice
December 25, 2020Christmas DayChristmas Day is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is the most important date for Christians all over the world, during which families gather for a feast and children are given special gifts.

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