Here is everything you need to know about the Chinese Lunar New Year 2023

When is Chinese New Year 2023? 

Chinese New Year 2023 is on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, and celebrations come to a close with the Lantern Festival on February 5th, 2023. The most important dates of the Lunar New Year 2023 are:

  • Chinese New Year’s Eve on January 21st, 2023
  • Chinese New Year’s Day on January 22nd, 2023
  • The Lantern Festival on February 5th, 2023

How Long is Chinese New Year?

Celebrations go on for 16 days, but only the first seven days are considered a public holiday (January 22nd–January 29th, 2023)

In China, offices, factories, banks, and all stores are closed during the first five days of the Spring Festival, with some not opening until the very end, meaning people need to buy and stock up on New Year supplies (年货 / nian huo) beforehand. School holidays are four weeks long. 

Many other Asian countries like Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam are one to three days.

What is the 2023 Chinese Zodiac?

The 2023 Chinese Zodiac sign is the Year of the Rabbit, starting on January 22nd, 2023, and going until February 9th, 2024. 

In Chinese culture, rabbits represent the moon. Some say it is because the shadow of a moon resembles a rabbit, while others say it is because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics. With reference to yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the rabbit is yin.