Chinese New Year is the main holiday in China and in several other East Asian countries. It does not have a fixed date because the Chinese calendar is lunar. Therefore, every year this holiday is set at a different time. Find out on Joy-pup when the Chinese will celebrate the New Year 2023 in 2023.
When is Chinese New Year 2023?
The celebration of the Chinese New Year does not fall on the night of January 1st, but on the second New Moon after the winter solstice on December 21st. It is known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year and this day marks the beginning of the spring harvest season. This time will be considered the beginning of the New Year according to the Eastern calendar, which is usually celebrated for 15 days. According to him, 2023 in China will begin on January 22, 2023 and end on February 9, 2024. By the way, in the Celestial Empire they will celebrate not the year 2023, but the onset of the year 4720.
In Eastern astrology, the signs are annual and represent a repeating cycle of 12 years. In the Chinese horoscope, the signs of the zodiac are determined by the year of birth of a person, and not by month. The 12 signs that make it up correspond to animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Animals have a specific color corresponding to one of the five elements (water, earth, metal, fire and wood).
The year 2023 will be held under the auspices of the Black Water Rabbit and will be favorable, because these cute animals are considered kind and bring good luck. It symbolizes longevity, peace, prosperity, goodness and fertility. This is a good year to explore our spiritual side as the year of the Water Rabbit is a year of hope. People born under this sign are always alert, witty, inventive and resourceful.
According to Feng Shui experts, the lucky color for the Year of the Water Rabbit is green. In addition, three other colors are also recommended for 2023: red, pink and blue. Experts advise using them in decor, clothing and accessories, in accordance with the sign that we represent.
Features of the Chinese New Year
- It’s a family holiday and the Chinese typically make over 1 billion trips to be close to their loved ones.
- It lasts 15 days and ends with the Lantern Festival. The first three days are marked by especially magnificent celebrations.
- It is believed that the noise from New Year’s fireworks drives away demons and evil spirits.
- Red is the dominant color in clothing, jewelry and gifts. It symbolizes the fire, which, according to the Chinese, drives away bad luck.
- Cake is a popular New Year’s gift in China, symbolizing progress.
- The Chinese festive table consists of dishes based on chicken and fish, and the most popular fruit is mandarin.
- At dawn the next day, children congratulate their parents, and in return they receive warm wishes and hongbao – red envelopes with money.
- The Chinese devote the first 5 days of the New Year to visiting relatives and neighbors.
- On the Chinese New Year, it is customary to give paired items that symbolize unity and family harmony.
The following celebrations:
2023: January 22 (Year of the Rabbit)
2024: February 10 (Year of the Dragon)
2025: January 29 (Year of the Snake)
2026: February 17 (Year of the Horse)
2027: February 12 (Year of the Goat)
2028: January 26 (Year of the Monkey)
2029: February 13 (Year of the Rooster)
2030: February 3 (Year of the Dog)
2031: January 23 (Year of the Pig)
2032: February 11 (Year of the Rat)
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year. Legend has it that the holiday was established during the reign of Emperor Ming (28-75 AD), when Buddhism was adopted in China.
As soon as it gets dark, the children go outside with paper lanterns, which symbolize the good luck needed for a happy year. In many Chinese cities, festive events are held, where thousands of lanterns rise into the sky, creating a breathtaking spectacle. At the same time, fireworks are very revered, driving away demons and evil spirits, according to tradition.
See also: year of the Rabbit, characteristics and description of the sign.
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