🎉 When is Chinese New Year 2018? - Chinese New Year 2018's celebrations, marking the beginning of the Spring festival, start on Friday 16 February 2018.

2018 Chinese New Year: time, date, holidays, animal sign and element of the Chinese calendar 2018

The Chinese or Lunar New Year 2018 officially begins on February 16, 2018 and ends on February 4, 2019. What is Chinese New Year 2018's animal and element of the year? The animal of Chinese New Year 2018 is the Dog, and the Chinese element of the year is Earth.

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With the ending of the Year of the Fire Rooster 2017 comes the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog. The Dog is the animal of the zodiac this year whose energy is going to be prevalent during 2018, along with Earth, the element of the year.

February 16, 2018 is the first day of the Chinese calendar for this year, as well as the first day of the Month of the Wood Tiger, as well as the end of the Year of the Fire Rooster and the end of the Month of the Water Ox.

Chinese New Year 2018, from Hong Kong to Paris, from Singapore to Malaysia, from Toronto to New York, marks the beginning of the Spring Festival and the beginning of the Year of the Earth Dog. Needless to say that it's the most important day of the year and the start of specific holidays in many Asian countries.

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Every year, the Chinese New Year day is an opportunity for all to share their joy with family and friends on this festive occasion, which is punctuated by celebrations, concerts, parades and parties throughout the weekend and the following days, starting on Friday 16th February 2018.

Below you will find out about the holiday and festival dates for Chinese New Year 2018 in several countries in Asia, are well as the official Chinese New Year's dates from 2017 until 2045 and their corresponding animal and element.

By Karma Weather - January 15, 2017

Chinese New Year 2018's holidays

Year Date Lasts Holiday Status Country
2018 Feb 15 7 days Chinese New Year National holiday China
2018 Feb 16 3 days Chinese New Year National holiday Hong Kong
2018 Feb 16 2 days Chinese New Year Public holiday Singapore
2018 Feb 15 6 days Tet New Year Public holiday Vietnam
2018 Feb 16 3 days Thai Lunar New Year Regional holiday Thailand
2018 Feb 15 6 days Chinese New Year National holiday Taiwan
2018 Feb 15 2 days Chinese New Year National holiday Malaysia
2018 Feb 16 1 day Chinese New Year Non-working holiday The Philippines

Read KarmaWeather's main 2018 Chinese horoscope for the year, with specific predictions for each of the 12 zodiac signs of the Chinese calendar, followed by a detailed 2018 New Year horoscope for the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit (Hare, Cat), the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat (Sheep), the Monkey, the Rooster (Chicken), the Dog and the Pig (Boar).

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

2018 Official holiday dates in China and traditional Asian festivals

January 1, 2018
New Year's Day (national holiday):
January 1, 2018 is the start of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. It’s a national holiday in China.

February 15, 2018
Spring Festival Eve (national holiday):
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, family and friends gather and celebrate together during Spring Festival’s Eve dinner.

February 16, 2018
Chinese New Year (national holiday):
The first day of the Year of the Earth Dog 2018. Chinese New Year’s day marks the beginning of the Spring Festival in China.

February 17, 2018
Spring Festival Golden Week holiday (national holiday):
The Golden Week is a 7 days national holiday in China.

March 2, 2018
Lantern Festival (observance):
The Lantern Festival traditionally marks the end of Chinese New year celebrations, on the fifteenth day following Chinese New Year’s day.

March 8, 2018
International Women's Day (observance):
International Women’s Day commemorates the movement for women's rights.

March 12, 2018
Arbor Day (observance):
Also known as the National Tree Planting Day, it’s a day of awareness and concrete action for the welfare of the planet.

March 18, 2018
Zhonghe Festival (observance):
Also called the Blue Dragon Festival, it’s celebrated on the first day of the second month of the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, the Dragon brings rain and good harvest.

March 20, 2018
Spring equinox

April 5, 2018
QingMing Festival (national holiday):
Also called Tomb-Sweeping Day, Chinese Memorial Day or Ancestors’ Day, it’s celebrated fifteen days after the Spring Equinox. On this day, people pray for the deceased members of their family.

May 1, 2018
Labour Day (national holiday):
International Workers’ Day.

May 4, 2018
Youth Day (observance):
Celebration Day for young people from age 14 to 28.

June 1, 2018
Children's Day (observance):
Celebration Day for children under the age of 14.

June 18, 2018
Duanwu Festival (national holiday):
Also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, it’s 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, 2018
Summer Solstice

Jul 11, 2018
China National Maritime Day (observance):
China Maritime Day marks the anniversary of the travels of navigator Zheng He during the Ming Dynasty.

August 1, 2018
Army Day (observance):
Specific celebration for military personnel in active duty.

August 17, 2018
Double Seven Festival (observance):
Also called the Chinese Valentine’s Day, according to the Chinese calendar.

August 25, 2018
Spirit Festival (observance):
The Spirit Festival or Ghost Day is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth night of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar. It’s 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, 2018
Teachers' Day (observance):
Teacher’s Day in China is celebrated on Sunday, September 10, 2018.

September 23, 2018
Autumn equinox

September 24, 2018
Mid-Autumn Festival (national holiday):
Also 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. Mid-Autumn Festival is also a period of choice to celebrate weddings in China.

October 1, 2018
National Day (national holiday):
National Day in mainland China.

October 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2018
Golden Week holiday (national holiday):
The Golden Week is a recent national holiday period of 7 days, implemented by the Chinese government since 2000.

October 17, 2018
Double Nine Festival (observance):
ChongYang 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, 2018
Winter Solstice

December 25, 2018
Christmas Day (observance):
Christmas Day is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s the most important date for Christians all over the world, during which families gather for a feast and children are given special gifts.

Official Chinese New Year dates, with their zodiac sign (animal) and related heavenly branch (element), from 2017 to 2045

Chinese New Year's day 2017
Year of the Fire Rooster: January 28, 2017
Chinese New Year's day 2018
Year of the Earth Dog: February 16, 2018
Chinese New Year's day 2019
Year of the Earth Pig: February 5, 2019
Chinese New Year's day 2020
Year of the Metal Rat: January 25, 2020
Chinese New Year's day 2021
Year of the Metal Ox: February 12, 2021
Chinese New Year's day 2022
Year of the Water Tiger: February 1, 2022
Chinese New Year's day 2023
Year of the Water Rabbit: January 22, 2023
Chinese New Year's day 2024
Year of the Wood Dragon: February 10, 2024
Chinese New Year's day 2025
Year of the Wood Snake: January 29, 2025
Chinese New Year's day 2026
Year of the Fire Horse: February 17, 2026
Chinese New Year's day 2027
Year of the Fire Goat: February 6, 2027
Chinese New Year's day 2028
Year of the Earth Monkey: January 26, 2028
Chinese New Year's day 2029
Year of the Earth Rooster: February 13, 2029
Chinese New Year's day 2030
Year of the Metal Dog: February 3, 2030
Chinese New Year's day 2031
Year of the Metal Pig: January 23, 2031
Chinese New Year's day 2032
Year of the Water Rat: February 11, 2032
Chinese New Year's day 2033
Year of the Water Ox: January 31, 2033
Chinese New Year's day 2034
Year of the Wood Tiger: February 19, 2034
Chinese New Year's day 2035
Year of the Wood Rabbit: February 8, 2035
Chinese New Year's day 2036
Year of the Fire Dragon: January 28, 2036
Chinese New Year's day 2037
Year of the Fire Snake: February 15, 2037
Chinese New Year's day 2038
Year of the Earth Horse: February 4, 2038
Chinese New Year's day 2039
Year of the Earth Goat: January 24, 2039
Chinese New Year's day 2040
Year of the Metal Monkey: February 12, 2040
Chinese New Year's day 2041
Year of the Metal Rooster: February 1, 2041
Chinese New Year's day 2042
Year of the Water Dog: January 22, 2042
Chinese New Year's day 2043
Year of the Water Pig: February 10, 2043
Chinese New Year's day 2044
Year of the Wood Rat: January 30, 2044
Chinese New Year's day 2045
Year of the Wood Ox: February 17, 2045

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