Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is a traditional Chinese holiday to celebrate new year in Chinese lunar calendar. This holiday is celebrated for 15 days started from the 1st day of the 1st Chinese lunar month and ended with a festival known as Lantern festival. For Chinese people all over the world, Chinese New Year is the most important festival among all traditional Chinese holidays.

Date of Chinese New Year 2014

When is Chinese New Year 2014?
Chinese New Year 2014 falls on Friday, 31 January 2014. The celebration of the festival will begin on Friday, 31 January 2014 until Friday, 14 February 2014.

Chinese New Year Tradition

Before celebrating Chinese New Year, it is common for Chinese families to clean their house thoroughly. People believe that cleaning the house will keep the family away from bad lucks while make way for good lucks. Chinese people also decorate their houses with paper-cuts and couplets displaying fortune words such as “happiness”, “wealth”, “longevity”, and “good fortune”. Red becomes the main color of every house decorations since the color is considered lucky for every Chinese family.

On the Eve of Chinese New Year, Chinese people and Chinese descendants usually have a feast with families. The main dishes for this event are pigs, chickens, ducks, and traditional Chinese delicacies. Chinese families usually end their gatherings by setting off firecrackers late at night.

Early in the morning of Chinese New Year, children greet their parents a happy new year and wish for their happiness and prosperity. In return, the parents give red envelops containing certain amount of money to the children. People also greet and wish each other peace and happiness for the coming year. The essence of Chinese New Year is to pacify, reconcile, and forgive each other mistakes and welcome the new year with halcyon.

2013 Chinese New Year Holidays Around The World

Since the Chinese has been scattering all over the world, many countries observe Chinese New Year as a public holiday. Among the countries are China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and some others. Here is the list of 2013 Chinese New Year holidays in some Asian countries.

Public Holidays for Chinese New Year 2014
Please note that the list of public holidays below is only an estimate. Thus, we do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information.

2013 Chinese New Year in China : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Hong Kong : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Indonesia : Friday, 31 January 2014 (1 day)
2013 Chinese New Year in Korea : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Macau : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Malaysia : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday, 1 February 2014 * (2 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Singapore : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday, 1 February 2014 (2 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Taiwan : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Monday, 3 February 2014 (4 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Vietnam : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Monday, 3 February 2013 (4 days)

Public Holidays for Chinese New Year 2013
2013 Chinese New Year in China : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Hong Kong : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Indonesia : Sunday, 10 February 2013 (1 day)
2013 Chinese New Year in Korea : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Macau : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Malaysia : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Monday, 11 February 2013 * (2 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Singapore : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Monday, 11 February 2013 (2 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Taiwan : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Wednesday, 13 February 2013 (4 days)
2013 Chinese New Year in Vietnam : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Wednesday, 13 February 2013 (4 days)

*Some countries may have a substitute holiday on the next week day when the Chinese New Year holiday falls on Sunday.

Cambodia, Japan, Philippines, and Thailand celebrate Chinese New Year as a major festival, but they do not observe the festival as a public holiday.

Happy Chinese New Year 2014 ! Happy CNY 2014 !
Happy Lunar New Year 2014 ! Happy Spring Festival 2014 !
Gong Xi Fat Cai !