Lunar New Year 2022, 2023 and 2024

Lunar New Year 2022, 2023 and 2024

Chinese Lunar New Year is an important festival in many areas of Asia where there are Chinese people. The festival is also an important festival in New Zealand, a country with large Chinese and Asian communities. In New Zealand, the festival is not an official public holiday, but it has gradually gained attention. The Chinese new year  2023 will be starting on 22 January. Similarly, The Chinese new year  2024 will be starting on 10 February.

Year Date Day Public vacation
2022 February 1 Tuesday lunar New Year 2022/Spring Festival
2023 January 22 on Sunday lunar New Year/Spring Festival
2024 February 10 on Saturday lunar New Year/Chinese new year 2024
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the dates in the past.

The date of the Lunar New Year is usually the end of January or the beginning of February. It is also called the Spring Festival according to the time limit of the season in the northern hemisphere. In Australia, the Chinese New Year Spring Festival is located from mid-summer to late summer. In fact, the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration lasts for 15 days, but the first three days are the most important.

The “year” of each Chinese Lunar New Year refers to the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, which means that each different zodiac character personalizes the year and the children born in that year.

Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday

Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday for Chinese people around the world. This traditional festival has lasted for at least 1,000 years, or even longer, and this tradition is deeply rooted in Chinese traditions. For many people, this festival is also a religious public holiday, full of prayers, offerings, and other activities to express piety.

The lively atmosphere of the Chinese Lunar New Year

Traditionally, the lively atmosphere of the Chinese Lunar New Year and the prominent display of red is to resist evil. Fireworks and firecrackers have the same purpose. The noisy and colorful parade, including the lion dance, is the main content of the celebration.

In Christchurch, there will be a large Chinese Lantern Festival on the two-week-long New Year’s weekend. In Auckland, celebrations usually begin three days ago and include lighting the Sky Tower in red and gold during the festival.

Chinese New Years have different animal sign names

Every Chinese New Year has specific animal sign names. For example, Chinese New Year 2023 has an animal sign that is Rabbit and Chinese New Year 2024 is Dragon. Similarly, other animal sign names are following:

2021 Friday February 12, 2021 Ox
2022 Tuesday February 1, 2022 Tiger
2023 Sunday January 22, 2023 Rabbit
2024 Saturday February 10, 2024 Dragon
2025 Wednesday January 29, 2025 Snake
2026 Tuesday February 17, 2026 Horse
2027 Saturday February 6, 2027 Sheep
2028 Wednesday January 26, 2028 Monkey
2029 Tuesday February 13, 2029 Rooster
2030 Sunday February 3, 2030 Dog
2031 Thursday January 23, 2031 Pig
2032 Wednesday February 11, 2032 Rat
2033 Monday January 31, 2033 Ox
2034 Sunday February 19, 2034 Tiger
2035 Thursday February 8, 2035 Rabbit
2036 Monday January 28, 2036 Dragon
2037 Sunday February 15, 2037 Snake
2038 Thursday February 4, 2038 Horse
2039 Monday January 24, 2039 Sheep
2040 Sunday February 12, 2040 Monkey
2041 Friday February 1, 2041 Rooster
2042 Wednesday January 22, 2042 Dog
2043 Tuesday February 10, 2043 Pig
2044 Saturday January 30, 2044 Rat
2045 Friday February 17, 2045 Ox
2046 Tuesday February 6, 2046 Tiger
2047 Saturday January 26, 2047 Rabbit
2048 Friday February 14, 2048 Dragon
2049 Tuesday February 2, 2049 Snake
2050 Sunday January 23, 2050 Horse

Previous years

Year Date Day Public vacation
2021 February 12 Friday Chinese New Year
2020 January 25 on Saturday Chinese New Year
2019 February 5 Tuesday lunar New Year