CNY / Chinese New Year

CNY or Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese festival to celebrate the new year in Chinese lunar calendar. This festival is considered the most important holidays for Chinese people and Chinese descendants around the world. The celebration of CNY lasts for 15 days starting from the first until the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. The last day of CNY celebration is known as Lantern festival in which children carry red paper lanterns to the streets and temples.

Date of CNY 2014

When is CNY 2014?
The first day of CNY 2014 falls on Friday, 31 January 2014. The celebration of CNY 2014 will last for 15 days until Friday, 14 February 2014.

Origin of CNY / Chinese New Year

The celebration of CNY was originated from a Chinese legend about a mythical creature called Nian. It is believed that the beast Nian used to come on New Year’s day to eat livestock and children. In order to prevent Nian from attacking people, the villagers put food in front of their doors in the hope that Nian would eat the food instead of them.

One day, people found out that Nian was afraid of the color red because the beast fled when it saw a children wearing red. Thus, on the first day of the year, people hang red lanterns and displayed red papers on the doors to prevent Nian from getting into the house. They also created noises by setting off firecrackers to scared Nian away. The traditions continue to this day so that red becomes the main color displayed during the celebration of Chinese New Year.

2014 CNY Celebrations

Before celebrating CNY, people will thoroughly cleanse their house. People believe that a clean house will invite good luck while the dirty one will draw bad luck. On the eve of Chinese New Year, Chinese people have a family gathering and have a feast together. The family gatherings are usually ended at midnight by setting of firecrackers or small fireworks.

In the morning of the first day of CNY, Chinese people from children to adult wear their best clothes, mostly in red. The children then greet their parents and the older relatives by greeting them a happy, healthy, and wealthy New Year while the adults return the greetings by giving pocket money inside red envelopes to the children. People also greet each other a happy new year and forget each other mistakes in the past.

2014 CNY Holidays Around the World

Some countries celebrate Chinese New Year as a public holiday. Here is the list of CNY holidays dates in some Asian countries.
2014 Chinese New Year in China : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2014 Chinese New Year in Hong Kong : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2014 Chinese New Year in Indonesia : Friday, 31 January 2014 (1 day)
2014 Chinese New Year in Korea : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2014 Chinese New Year in Macau : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
2014 Chinese New Year in Malaysia : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday, 1 February 2014 * (2 days)
2014 Chinese New Year in Singapore : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday, 1 February 2014 (2 days)
2014 Chinese New Year in Taiwan : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Monday, 3 February 2014 (4 days)
2014 Chinese New Year in Vietnam : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Monday, 3 February 2014 (4 days)

2013 CNY Holidays Around the World

Some countries celebrate Chinese New Year as a public holiday. Here is the list of CNY holidays dates in some Asian countries.
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)

Please note that the dates of Chinese New Year calendar above are only an estimate. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information.

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