Chinese New Year 2023: the Year of the Rabbit

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival (春节), is the biggest and most notable festival in China. It marks the start of a New Year and symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts.

When is Chinese New Year 2023?

Chinese New Year 2023 falls on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 and it marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New Year 2023 Date & Calendar

Officially, the public holiday runs for 7 days. For Chinese New Year 2023, it’s from January 21st to January 27th. Unofficially, celebrations last up to 16 days from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the first lunar month). In 2023, it’s from January 21st to February 5th.

The most important dates of Chinese New Year 2023 are:

  • Chinese New Year’s Eve: January 21st, 2023
  • Chinese New Year: January 22nd, 2023
  • the Lantern Festival: February 5th, 2023
  • What is the Chinese New Year 2023 Animal? —— Rabbit

    Chinese New Year 2023 animal is rabbit, which means 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese zodiac. By the way, Chinese New Year 2024 animal will be dragon.

    The recent and incoming years of the Rabbit are 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, and 2035. If you were born in one of these years, you were probably born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rabbit.

    Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs

    People born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be gentle and lovely, innocent and lively, free and active, calm and obedient, generous, sympathetic and meticulous.

    There are 12 Chinese new year animals signs on the Chinese zodiac. Aside from the Rabbit, the other Chinese new year animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. You can check out our Chinese zodiac page to find your own zodiac animal sign.

    When is Chinese New Year?

    You may wonder why Chinese New Year is always on a different date each year. Because the date of Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar Calender rather than the Gregorian calendar.

    Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year, is the first day of the second new Moon after the Winter Solstice, usually falling between January 21 and February 20.

    How Long is Chinese New Year 2023?

    Traditionally, Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year for 16 days. It starts from Chinese New Year’s Eve and ends with the rise of the first full Moon of the lunar calendar two weeks later which also happens to be the Lantern Festival. Celebrations of Chinese New Year 2023 is from January 21st to February 5th.

    But China’s public holiday for Chinese New Year is 7 days from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the 6th day of the first lunar month. So, in 2023, that is from January 21st to January 27th.

    Different from mainland China, public holiday for Chinese New Year in Hong Kong and Macao is 3 days.

    How to Wish Someone a Happy Chinese New Year 2023?

    1. 新年好

  • In Mandarin: xīn nián hǎo
  • In Cantonese: sun nin ho
  • Instead of saying 你好 (nǐ hǎo), Chinese people usually greet one another saying “xīn nián hǎo” during Chinese New Year. It’s the most commonly used Chinese New Year greeting in Mandarin, meaning “good new year” essentially.

    2. 新年快乐

  • In Mandarin: xīn nián kuài lè
  • In Cantonese: sun nin fai lok
  • You may also hear Chinese people say “xīn nián kuài lè” to wish someone a happy Chinese New Year. It’s a more formal greeting than “xīn nián hǎo”. This greeting literally means “New Year happiness”. You can also use it during the regular Jan 1st New Year.

    3. 恭喜发财

  • In Mandarin: gōng xǐ fā cái
  • In Cantonese: gong hei fat choy
  • “Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which means wishing you happiness and prosperity. This greeting is commonly spoken in Hong Kong, parts of southern China, and wherever the Cantonese dialect is spoken, such as Chinatowns.

    Chinese New Year Greetings for 2023 Rabbit Year

    As the Chinese New Year animal 2023 is rabbit, Chinese people love using near homophones with the Chinese word for rabbit (tu) to greet people. Here are some of the most popular greetings for the year of the Rabbit 2023.

    1. 宏图大展

  • In Mandarin: hóng tú dà zhǎn
  • Meaning: Carry out one's great plan
  • 2. 前程似锦

  • In Mandarin: qián chéng sì jǐn
  • Meaning: Wish you a bright future
  • 3. 扬眉吐气

  • In Mandarin: yáng méi tǔ qì
  • Meaning: Hold your head up high
  • When is the next Chinese New Year 2024?

    Chinese New Year 2024 will fall on Saturday, February 10th, 2024 and it will mark the start of the Year of the Dragon.

    Chinese New Year Calender & Dates in 2023, 2024, 2025 and more

    The table below showcases when Chinese New Year is from 2021 to 2032 and what the Chinese New Year animal signs are for each year respectively.

    YearDateDayHolidayAnimal Sign
    2021Feb. 12FridayFeb. 11-17Ox
    2022Feb. 1TuesdayJan. 31 - Feb. 6Tiger
    2023Jan. 22SundayJan. 21-27Rabbit
    2024Feb. 10SaturdayFeb. 9-15Dragon
    2025Jan. 29WednesdayJan. 28 - Feb. 3Snake
    2026Feb. 17TuesdayFeb. 16-22Horse
    2027Feb. 6SaturdayFeb. 5-11Goat
    2028Jan. 26WednesdayJan. 25-31Monkey
    2029Feb. 13TuesdayFeb. 12-18Rooster
    2030Feb. 3SundayFeb. 2-8Dog
    2031Jan. 23ThursdayJan. 22-28Pig
    2032Feb. 11WednesdayFeb. 10-16Rat

    Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2023

    Beiijng, the capital of China, is an over 3000-year-old city with splendid Spring Festival culture and traditions that can be experienced in the Temple Fair.
    Harbin is also a popular destination for Chinese Lunar New Year for its Ice Festival and various activities on snow and ice.
    Hong Kong, Yunnan, Sanya, and South China, because of the warm weather and natural beauty in winter and early spring, are also nice option to enjoy the holiday.

    Popular Chinese New Year Tour

    14-day Lunar New Year tour to Guizhou with various cultural activities and grand celebration

    Further Reading about Chinese New Year

  • Chinese New Year Traditions
  • Chinese New Year Food: Top Foods to Bring You Good Fortune
  • 15-Day Celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year
  • Top 10 Chinese New Year Lucky Foods and Symblism
  • Top 10 Chinese New Year Legends and Stories
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