When Is Chinese New Year 2018?

Dates for Chinese New Year 2018 - Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year firecrackers
••• Chinese New Year preparation in full swing. Grant Faint / Getty Images

So when is Chinese New Year in 2018?

Chinese New Year is based on the lunisolar calendar, which differs from our Gregorian calendar, so dates change slightly each year. The 15-day festival is arguably the most widely celebrated holiday in the world!

Chinese New Year 2018 Begins on February 16.

This will be the Year of the Dog. The Dog is the eleventh year in the 12-year cycle that makes up the Chinese zodiac.

If your Chinese zodiac sign is the dog, superstition suggests that you should tread carefully during 2018 as to not accidentally offend Tai Sui, the god of age in Chinese mythology. Big life changes should be approached carefully or postponed until the following year.

The holiday will run for 15 consecutive days and finishes with the Lantern Festival. Find out where to see a Chinese New Year celebration and Chinese New Year traditions to observe during the festival.

Preparing for Chinese New Year 2018

Part of preparing for Chinese New Year includes getting your home ready to receive as much fortune as possible. Clutter should be removed, drawers emptied, floors swept, and everything thoroughly cleaned. On the contrary, sweeping or cleaning during Chinese New Year is taboo as you may accidentally sweep away incoming prosperity!

Attention is given to personal preparation as well. You should get a haircut, nails clipped, and a new outfit to wear. Red is the most auspicious color; some people even go for red underwear!

Dates for Chinese New Year

  • 2012: January 23
  • 2013: February 10
  • 2014: January 31
  • 2015: February 19
  • 2016: February 8
  • 2017: January 28
  • 2018: February 16