Chinese New Year 2014 – Lunar New Year 2014 – Spring Festival 2014

Spring Festival, Chinese Lunar New Year, Lunar New Year or commonly referred to just Chinese New Year, is the largest and most important annual festival celebrated by Chinese and and Chinese descendants around the world. Chinese New Year Festival is based on the lunar Chinese calendar, begins on first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day of the first month.

When Is The Chinese New Year 2014?

Date of Chinese New Year 2014
The first day of Chinese New Year 2014 (Chun Jie / 春节 2014) will be celebrated on Friday, 31 January 2014, and the festival will last for as long as 15 days, till the Friday, 14 February 2014.

When Is The Chinese New Year 2013?

Date of Chinese New Year 2013
The first day of Chinese New Year 2013 (Chun Jie / 春节 2013) will be celebrated on Sunday, 10 February 2013, and the festival will last for as long as 15 days, till the Sunday, 24 February 2013.

Chinese New Year 2014 Around The World

Chinese New Year 2014 is an annual official public holiday for many countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. The Spring Festival 2013 is among the longest public holidays in China, one of the Golden Week.

Some countries refer to the Lunar New Year with their local name, such as Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year) in Vietnam, Korean New Year in South Korea, or Setsubun in Japan.

Chinese New Year 2014 Celebrations

To the Chinese communities, Chinese New Year is the biggest annual event, where families would gather for reunion dinner and friends would be visiting each other. Markets will be abuzz with activities and many beautiful ornaments weeks prior to the festival.

Public Holidays For Chinese New Year 2014
Here are public holidays for chinese new year 2014 around the world:
Indonesia : Friday, 31 January 2014 (1 day)
Malaysia : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday, 1 February 2014 * (2 days)
Singapore : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday, 1 February 2014 (2 days)
Hong Kong : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
Macau : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
China : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
South Korea : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
Vietnam : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Monday, 2 February 2014 (4 days)
Taiwan : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Monday, 3 February 2013 (4 days)

In Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Japan, Chinese New Year 2014 is a major festival, however is not a public holiday.

*except for Malaysian states of Kelantan and Trengganu, in which Chinese New Year 2014 is a one-day holiday

^ Chinese New Year holiday in Vietnam and Taiwan usually start on Chinese New Year eve, and continue till third day of the new year. In 2014 the holiday extend to the fourth day of Chinese New Year since the third day of new year falls on Sunday.

Note: Some countries have policy of substituting holiday that falls on weekend to next weekday. We do not have information on the policy of each country yet.

Public Holidays For Chinese New Year 2013
Here are public holidays for chinese new year 2013 around the world:
Indonesia : Sunday, 10 February 2013 (1 day)
Malaysia : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Monday, 11 February 2013 * (2 days)
Singapore : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Monday, 11 February 2013 (2 days)
Hong Kong : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
Macau : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
China : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
South Korea : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
Vietnam : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Wednesday, 13 February 2013 (4 days)
Taiwan : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Wednesday, 13 February 2013 (4 days)

In Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Japan, Chinese New Year 2013 is a major festival, however is not a public holiday.

*except for Malaysian states of Kelantan and Trengganu, in which Chinese New Year 2013 is a one-day holiday

^ Chinese New Year holiday in Vietnam and Taiwan usually start on Chinese New Year eve, and continue till third day of the new year. In 2013 the holiday extend to the fourth day of Chinese New Year since the first day of new year falls on Sunday.

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac (Chinese: 生肖 / Sheng xiao ) relates each chinese calendar year to an animal, based on a 12-year cycle. It is a widely popular system used informally in many Asian countries, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Chinese Year 2014 (31 January 2014 – 18 February 2015) is the Year of Horse.

Chinese Zodiac: Horse

Business During Chinese New Year Holiday

Days prior to and during Chinese New Year are traditionally busiest period for restaurants as well as travel agencies.

Many Chinese families will have reunion dinners together at the restaurants, ordering relatively expensive dinner package.

Some others will take a holiday trip, since Chinese New Year is also the longest public holiday in many countries, like China, Singapore, Vietnam or Taiwan.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Lion Dance During Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2014 in Singapore
Chinatown is a key focal point for Chinese New Year festivities in the few weeks leading to up to Chinese New Year and a few weeks following that. Visitors can immerse in the entire Chinese cultural experience and experience the festive hustle and bustle simply by walking the streets of Chinatown. Chinatown is also where local Chinese congregate year after year to shop for the necessary new year items for the home and to soak in the festive atmosphere.

One can expect a colorful and elaborate street light-up along the main and side streets of Chinatown with interactive light displays and photo opportunity points on the Garden Bridge and other key focal points. Take your pick from over 500 festive street stalls offering Chinese New Year goodies in Chinatown & People?s Park. Nightly cultural stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square will feature renowned local and overseas performances.

Past and Future Chinese New Years

Chinese New Year 2008
2008 is the year of Rat. Chinese New Year 2008 falls on Thursday, 7 February 2008

Chinese New Year 2009
2009 is the year of Ox. Chinese New Year 2009 falls on Monday, 26 January 2009

Chinese New Year 2010
2010 is the year of Tiger. Chinese New Year 2010 falls on Sunday, 14 February 2010

Chinese New Year 2011
2011 is the year of Rabbit. Chinese New Year 2011 falls on Thursday, 3 February 2011

Chinese New Year 2012
2012 is the year of Dragon. Chinese New Year 2012 falls on Monday, 23 January 2012
Year 2012, Year of Dragon

Chinese New Year 2013
2013 is the year of Snake. Chinese New Year 2013 falls on Sunday, 10 February 2013

Chinese New Year 2014
2014 is the year of Horse. Chinese New Year 2014 falls on Friday, 31 January 2014

Chinese New Year 2015
2015 is the year of Sheep. Chinese New Year 2015 falls on Thursday, 19 February 2015

Chinese New Year 2016
2016 is the year of Monkey. Chinese New Year 2016 falls on Monday, 8 February 2016

Chinese New Year 2017
2017 is the year of Rooster. Chinese New Year 2017 falls on Saturday, 28 January 2017

Chinese New Year 2018
2018 is the year of Dog. Chinese New Year 2018 falls on Friday, 16 February 2018

Chinese New Year 2019
2019 is the year of Pig. Chinese New Year 2019 falls on Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Classic Chinese New Year Songs

Chinese New Year is only complete if accompanied with Chinese New Year Songs about celebrating spring, praying for abundance, good luck, and blessings.

Here are some classic Chinese New Year Songs by Teresa Teng
鄧麗君 Teresa Teng 贺新年 New Year Blessings

鄧麗君 Teresa Teng 新年好 Good New Year

鄧麗君 Teresa Teng 迎春花 Flowers That Welcome The Spring

鄧麗君 Teresa Teng 万年红 Countless Years of Blessings

Wishing you an abundance of blessing, prosperity, and longevity !

Happy Chinese New Year 2013 ! Happy CNY 2013 !
Happy Lunar New Year 2013 ! Happy Spring Festival 2013 !

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