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Celebrating Chinese New Year 2021 in Style. Facts You need to know about Traditions, Food, Greetings, and Decorations.

Happy Chinese New Year 2021!

In this article you will find all you need to know about Chinese New Year 2021 – Traditions, Customs, Interesting Facts, Food, and of course, How to Celebrate it and bring Good Luck and Fortune into your life! Keep Reading!

In China, celebration of the Chinese New Year is called a Spring Festival (Chunjie, 春节), and it is celebration of the spring, and the beginning of the new lunar year (here is more about Chinese lunar calendar). The Spring Festival is the biggest event on the calendar in China.

Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 1 in 2022, the first day of the year for the Chinese lunar calendar also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.

The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, marks the transition from one Chinese Horoscope Animal to the next. 2021 Chinese New Year is a year of the Ox, starting from February 12th, 2021 and lasting until January 31, 2022. It will be a Metal Ox year, and that’s mean it is under influence of the metal element (Chinese philosophy recognises five distinct elements of cyclical change called water, wood, fire, earth, and metal).

There are no set date for Chinese New Year – every year, dates for Celebrating Chinese New Year are different. Reason for that is the lunar calendar. According to the Lunar calendar, the Spring Festival is fall on the 1st day of the first lunar month, and lasts until the 15th day (the full moon).

Chinese New Year Holiday lasts for 16 days, beginning from the Chinese New
Year’s Eve, falling on the February 11th to February 26th, 2021. Celebration of the Chinese New Year continues for over two weeks, while only the first 7 days are official holidays.

Decorating your home with red lanterns and decorations brings you good luck and prosperity in the year ahead (keep reading, to find more about Chinese New Year Celebration).

Chinese New Year Decorations

Do you know how to say Happy Chinese New Year?

One of the most popular and traditional greetings during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) is chun jie kuai le (春节快乐) or xin nian kuai le (新年快乐) in Mandarin chinese, which means Happy Spring Festival or Happy new Year respectively. Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language is mainly used in Mainland China, while in cantonese dialect of chinese (used in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore) it is sound like this: san nin faai lok

Characteristics of people who born in the year of Ox

Characteristics of the people who born in the year of Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009) are similar in both Chinese and Western tradition.

Oxen are larger-then-life, independent, strong, honest, straightforward and persistent. Event their character flaws are not too bad: they can be taciturn, not good at expressing thoughts and feelings and sometimes very stubborn.

Famous Oxen: Napoleon,Walt Disney ,Barack Obama, Kiera Knightley,
Margaret Thatcher, Dustin Hoffman, Princess Diana Spencer, Malala Yousaftzai

What Year of Ox will bring You?

The Chinese believe that certain symbols, directions and colors are auspicious for each zodiac sign. In general, year of Ox will bring new career opportunities and increase your income.

As might be expected, the Year of the Ox brings very good fortune for those born in the ‘Ox’ years of 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009 (for full table of Chinese Animal Horoscope Signs see table below).

For people born under other Chinese zodiac signs, Chinese new year 2021 brings career advancement, success in business, harmony in personal life, new challenges, prosperity and wellness.

Chinese New Year Predictions for All Chinese Zodiac Signs

People who were born in year of OX should pay special attention to protecting the liver, gallbladder and digestive organs. They should also try to manage workload and stress levels. Try to take a walk outside in the fresh air to recover strength and improve overall health. Lucky numbers to pay attention to: 1,9

People who were born in year of TIGER tend to lead lives that lack structure and regularity. They may suffer from abnormal eating habits, lack of sleep and suppressed worries.
In addition they often lack emotional stability, sometimes losing control of their emotions altogether. Recommended: reduce stress (meditation, breathing exercise) and stimulate joyful emotions (play, dance, painting etc), as well as
Adjustments to the sleep routine and diet.
Lucky numbers: 1,3,4

People who were born in year of RABBIT are not adept at expressing their feelings .When they faced with setbacks or pressure, instead to tell others about their trouble, they choosing to keep these difficult emotions bottled up. They should pay attention to mental (brain) conditions like insomnia and anxiety.
Recommended: creating a rhythm in daily life, talking it easy once in a while and not overexerting themselves.
Lucky numbers: 3,4,9

People who were born in year of DRAGON are full of energy and physically robust, only rarely do they suffer from illness. However as they extremely active by nature they are liable to meet with some minor health issues, especially intestinal or digestive
problems. Recommended: pay attention for eating habits, avoid turning into workaholics and try to maintain a balance between work and leisure.
Lucky numbers 1,6,7

People who were born in year of SNAKE are physically strong and have a good immune systems, as a result they rarely get sick .Nonetheless they tend to suffer from poor sleep quality as well as frequent insomnia .Recommended : to relax the mind and adjust their emotions . Lucky numbers 2,8,9

People who were born in year of HORSE are physically strong , highly energetic and seek efficiency in their work. They tend to be overly wound up and suffer for nervous tension.
This can be place and increase burden on the cardiac , gastrointestinal and nervous system, resulting in serious damage over time.
Recommended: should modify daily routine and habits , and strive to find a good balance between work and leisure.
Lucky numbers 2,,6,8

People who were born in year of SHEEP are often have nervous temperament. They tend to expend too much physical energy , which may lead to diseases of the trachea.
Recommended: should learn to practice self-regulation, reduce the pressure of life ,exercise more frequently and engage in more outdoor activities. Only by adopting these measure can they maintain good health.
Lucky numbers 1,7,8

People who were born in year of ROOSTER tends to get nervous easily, often resulting in poor digestive as well as pulmonary or bronchial hypersensitivity.
Recommended : should be careful for seasonal temperature and weather changes. It is also important for them to maintain a nutritionally balanced diet.
Lucky numbers 5,7,8

People who were born in year of DOG may be affected by anxiety and depression and tend to suffer from insomnia and headaches.
Recommended : can improve overall heath by develop a habits regular physical exercise , well-being, good diet and relaxing the mind.
Lucky numbers 3,4,9

People who were born in year of PIG should try to eat smaller portions and drink alcohol in moderation if at all , pay attention to kidney and gastrointestinal condition.
Recommended: sleep all night, avoid overeating, adjust mental state, balancing their life,
Lucky numbers 2,5,8

We wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Family happiness, smooth work, health and well-being! Happy Spring Festival! Good luck and prosperity!

Happy Chinese New Year Wishes

Chinese New Year Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about Chinese New Year, history, traditions and celebration.

What are the Chinese new year animals?

In order, the 12 Chinese horoscope animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, marks the transition from one animal to the next. Keep reading for full table of the Chinese New Year animals and corresponding years.


What is traditional Chinese new year food ?

Festive Chinese New Year Menu include many dishes, but dumplings are considered to be most important ones.On the Spring Festival Eve called 年(nian2)夜(ye4)饭(fan4), all family members get together cooking, making dumplings (bāo jiǎo zi) to strengthen family ties and bring prosperity to the family. The reason is, that the dumplings are made in the shape of China’s ancient money – ingots. People eat dumplings during Chinese New Year to wish good wealth in the new year. Other dishes might include fish (symbol of prosperity), noodles (symbol of Happiness and Longevity), Chinese new year desserts, tangerines (success and money) and cookies.

Traditional Chinese New Year Food – Dumplings Jiao Zi


Chinese New year Calendar – Interesting Facts

  • The Chinese New Year festival date changes every year.
  • The celebration lasts for 15 days till Lantern Festival.
  • On Chinese New Year’s Eve, people eat auspicious foods.
  • 2 billion people (quarter of the world population) celebrate Chinese New Year and New Year Gala is wold’s most watched TV show!
  • Modern Chinese calendars use the Gregorian calendar but include lunar holidays
  • Chinese New Year was traditionally a time when people prayed to the harvest gods
  • Red is the colour of the Chinese New Year Celebration – bringing happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success, and good fortune
  • China produces about 90% of the world’s fireworks, and a lot of it used during Chinese New Year Celebration to scary away evil ghosts!


Chinese new year red envelope – what is it?

Red envelopes is one of the most popular and traditional Chinese New Year Gifts. Red envelopes or 红包 hóngbāo, include money to symbolise transfer fortune from the elders to the kids. They can also be given between bosses and employees, co-workers, and friends. This traditional chinese custom of giving red envelopes as Chinese New Year gifts is widely popular in whole South East Asia including Malasya, Singapore and Taiwan.


Is there a Chinese New Year Song?

There is no set Chinese New Year Song – China is country of the many nationalities, and there are many songs related to the Chinese New Year, but common theme for all songs are traditional wishes of luck, health, longevity, good fortune and prosperity. The China Central Television (CCTV) has a Spring Festival Gala Concert, watched by almost 1 billion viewers in China. It has already become a tradition for Chinese families to watch the gala after their reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, and enjoy festive music and wishes from the many popular artists and performers. Many traditional Chinese Year Songs include:

  • Huan Le Zhong Guo Nian by Sun Yue (欢乐中国年 Happy Chinese New Year)
  • Cai Shen Dao (财神到 God of Fortune Has Arrived)
  • Hao Yun Lai 好运来 (Good Luck / Good Fortune / Opportunity Knocks)
  • Chang Hui Jia Kan Kan (常回家看看 Come Back Home More Often)
  • Gong Xi Gong Xi (恭喜恭喜 Congratulations)
  • Kung Hei Fat Choi by Andy Lau (恭喜发财 Wishing You Prosperity in the Coming Year)
  • Xin Nian Hao (新年好 Happy New Year)


How Chinese new year is celebrated in Mainland China and Abroad?

Traditionally festive season beginning with Laba Festival (腊八 / Làbā jié) of the lunar December (January 20th, 2021). On that day people pray to ancestors and gods for fortune and a successful harvest.

Celebration of the Chinese New Year begins on the Chinese New Year Eve (last day of the last lunar month), and ends with Celebration of the Lantern Festival. On the Spring Festival Eve called (nian ye fan), all family generations get together cooking, making and cooking dumplings (bāo jiǎo zi) to strengthen family ties and bring prosperity to the family.

The Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) celebration is 15 days long and has specific activities and traditions for each day. As usual, they vary between regions, here are the few days at the beginning if the Chinese New Year celebration period:

  • 1st day of Lunar Year: Spring Festival
  • 2nd Day of Lunar Year: To the in-law’s day
  • 3rd Day of Lunar Year: Day of Rat
  • 15th Day of Lunar Year: Lantern Festival


Chinese new year History

Chinese New Year was traditionally a time when people prayed to the harvest gods, and even nowadays tradition for praying to the gods asking for good fortunes in new year still one of the fundamental parts in celebrating Chinese New Year. There is a legend, that first Chinese New Year celebration was to signify victory over the horrible monster, which terrorised a local people in ancient China.

According to the legend, there was a monster named Nian (年), that would come about every New Year’s Eve. People would run away and hide in their homes. One brave boy had an idea to scare away Nian using firecrackers and loud noises. The next day, people celebrated their survival by setting off even more firecrackers. Now you know why firecrackers, fireworks and loud festivities are so important during celebration of the Chinese New Year – they are intended to scare away all evil, and bring a good luck and prosperity.


What are Chinese for new year greetings?

During Chinese New Year people get together to celebrate beginning of the new lunar year and wish each other luck, health, longevity, good fortune and prosperity. Most popular Chinese New Year wishes are:

  • “Gong Xi Fa Cai” means wishing you wealth and prosperity
  • “Gongxi, Gongxi” means Congratulations/Good Wishes
  • “Xin Nian Kuai Le” means Happy New Year
  • “Chun Jie Kuai Le” means Happy Spring Festival
  • “Shen Ti Jian Kang” means good health
  • “Nian Nian You Yu” means abundance and surplus year after year
  • “Wan Shi Ru Yi” means may you get everything you wish for
  • … and many others


Traditional Chinese New Year decorations – symbols of Luck, Fortune and Longevity

All Chinese Year gifts, and traditions has deep symbolic meaning and express wishes for the luck, health, longevity, good fortune and prosperity. You can see these symbols everywhere – gifts, decorations, and even festive table! Most popular Chinese New Year symbols are:

  • Red envelopes – traditional gift given during Chinese New Year Celebration. Red is considered a lucky colour, and money inside the red envelope symbolise wishes of fortune.
  • Chinese New Year Dishes: fish (symbol of prosperity), noodles (symbol of Happiness and Longevity), tangerines (success and money)
  • Yuanbao (ancient money in form of the imitation gold ingots) – as wishes for the wealth
  • Lanterns as symbols of the luck and prosperity
  • Character Fu (福 , “fortune”) is hang upside down on the entrance to the home to attract fortune and good luck
  • Gifts decorated with Chinese character of prosperity (lù 祿),
  • Decorations with bats, pine branches to bring blessings of longevity (shòu 壽)
  • Decorations with number 8 representing wealth and prosperity
  • Decorations with Chinese Knots symbolising good luck and a prosperous life
  • Bamboo symbolising longevity, strength, and virtue


Chinese new year crafts ideas for your home

With a bit of time, red paper and imagination you can create craft Chinese New Year decorations yourself! Spend a very rewarding time with your children creating lanterns, dragons, and New year drawings to attract good luck and prosperity to your home.

Here you can find our Chinese New Year Crafts Pinterest Board with many great ideas.


Chinese new year events – how Chinese new year is celebrated

celebrate main events, such as Chinese New Ear Eve, 1st day of the lunar year, and lantern festival, signifying end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

Traditionally, the 16 days from Chinese New Year’s Eve until the Lantern Festival each had a special celebration activity.

On the evening of the 15th day of the first lunar month (February 26, 2021), on the night of the full moon, families gather for dinner and go out and see fireworks and light lanterns. Lanterns are put up for decoration, let loose to fly, and floated in rivers.


What is traditional gifts for Chinese new year for kids?

Red envelopes is one of the most popular Chinese New Year Gifts for a kids. Red envelopes or 红包 hóngbāo, include money to symbolise transfer fortune from the elders to the kids. Children also gets a lot of toys and sweets, love and adoration from all the family.


Chinese new year outfit – What to put on?

Red Is lucky colour in China, so you need to wear something red. The traditional way to dress for Chinese New Year is to wear a qipao or a cheongsam frock, but recently most of the people prefer to wear less traditional, and more comfortable outfits during the festivities.


Is Chinese new year a holiday?

Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival) is celebrated for 15 days (16 if you count New Year Eve), and the first 7 days are official holidays in Mainland China. Chinese in other countries observe local official holidays, and usually takes a couple days off to celebrate main events, such as Chinese New Ear Eve, 1st day of the lunar year, and lantern festival, signifying end of the Chinese New Year festivities. Some people start celebration much earlier, in 12th lunar month, on the Laba Festival (腊八节 / là bā jié), and that is about 40 days of the festivities!


When is Chinese new year 2022?

Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 1 in 2022, the first day of the year for the Chinese lunar calendar also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.


What is the animal for Chinese New Year 2022?

Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year, and 2022 will be year of the Tiger.


What are Chinese new year emoji?

Some of the most popular emojis during Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) include:

  • 🧧 Red Envelope
  • 🧨 Firecracker
  • 🔴 Red Circle (red is a lucky colour in China)
  • 🏮 Red Paper Lantern
  • Lunar Chinese Zodiac Animals, such as Ox for 2021: 🐂
  • 💰 Money Bag
  • 🥟 Dumpling
  • 🍊 Tangerine
  • 🐉 Dragon
  • 🎍 Bamboo
  • 🎋 Tanabata Bamboo Tree
  • 🎏 Carp Streamer (fish)


Most popular Chinese new year video in China this Year

The China Central Television (CCTV) has a Spring Festival Gala Concert, watched by almost 1 billion viewers in China, which makes it most popular TV show video program in the world!


Chinese new year celebration – what not to do!

There are many superstitions related to the Chinese New Year Celebration. Washing, sweeping, or taking out the garbage are not allowed, as it might “wash out” or “swipe away” good fortune and prosperity. You should also awoid giving certain gifts – such as mirrors (attracting ghosts) or pears (pear in Chinese is 梨 lí, which sound similar to “part away, leave”).

Avoid black or white colours in your outfit and home decorations, as these colours are symbols of mourning and death, and would not be appropriate.


When does the Chinese new year end?

Celebration of the Chinese New Year begins on the Chinese New Year Eve (last day of the last lunar month), and ends with Celebration of the Lantern Festival. In 2021, Chinese New Year begins on February 12th and ends February 26th. The Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) celebration is 15 days long and has specific activities and traditions for each day. As usual, they vary between regions.


How do I find my Chinese zodiac element?

Each year in the cycle is represented by one animal, and people’s sign is determined by their birth year. Below is Chinese Animal Zodiac Sign Calculator Table. To find your Chinese zodiac, first find the year you was born, then corresponding Chinese Zodiac Sign:

Years: 1924–1983Chinese Zodiac SignYears: 1984–2043
Feb  5, 1924 – Jan 23, 1925鼠 RatFeb  2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985
Jan 24, 1925 – Feb 12, 1926牛 OxFeb 20, 1985 – Feb  8, 1986
Feb 13, 1926 – Feb  1, 1927虎 TigerFeb  9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987
Feb  2, 1927 – Jan 22, 1928兔 RabbitJan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988
Jan 23, 1928 – Feb  9, 1929龍 DragonFeb 17, 1988 – Feb  5, 1989
Feb 10, 1929 – Jan 29, 1930蛇 SnakeFeb  6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990
Jan 30, 1930 – Feb 16, 1931馬 HorseJan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991
Feb 17, 1931 – Feb  5, 1932羊 GoatFeb 15, 1991 – Feb  3, 1992
Feb  6, 1932 – Jan 25, 1933猴 MonkeyFeb  4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993
Jan 26, 1933 – Feb 13, 1934鷄 RoosterJan 23, 1993 – Feb  9, 1994
Feb 14, 1934 – Feb  3, 1935狗 DogFeb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995
Feb  4, 1935 – Jan 23, 1936猪 PigJan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996
Jan 24, 1936 – Feb 10, 1937鼠 RatFeb 19, 1996 – Feb  6, 1997
Feb 11, 1937 – Jan 30, 1938牛 OxFeb  7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998
Jan 31, 1938 – Feb 18, 1939虎 TigerJan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999
Feb 19, 1939 – Feb  7, 1940兔 RabbitFeb 16, 1999 – Feb  4, 2000
Feb  8, 1940 – Jan 26, 1941龍 DragonFeb  5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001
Jan 27, 1941 – Feb 14, 1942蛇 SnakeFeb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003
Feb 15, 1942 – Feb  4, 1943馬 HorseFeb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003
Feb  5, 1943 – Jan 24, 1944羊 GoatFeb  1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004
Jan 25, 1944 – Feb 12, 1945猴 MonkeyJan 22, 2004 – Feb  8, 2005
Feb 13, 1945 – Feb  1, 1946鷄 RoosterFeb  9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006
Feb  2, 1946 – Jan 21, 1947狗 DogJan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007
Jan 22, 1947 – Feb  9, 1948猪 PigFeb 18, 2007 – Feb  6, 2008
Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949鼠 RatFeb  7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009
Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950牛 OxJan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010
Feb 17, 1950 – Feb  5, 1951虎 TigerFeb 14, 2010 – Feb  2, 2011
Feb  6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952兔 RabbitFeb  3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012
Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953龍 DragonJan 23, 2012 – Feb  9, 2013
Feb 14, 1953 – Feb  2, 1954蛇 SnakeFeb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014
Feb  3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955馬 HorseJan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015
Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956羊 GoatFeb 19, 2015 – Feb  7, 2016
Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30 1957猴 MonkeyFeb  8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958鷄 RoosterJan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
Feb 18, 1958 – Feb  7, 1959狗 DogFeb 16, 2018 – Feb  4, 2019
Feb  8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960猪 PigFeb  5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961鼠 RatJan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021
Feb 15, 1961 – Feb  4, 1962牛 OxFeb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022
Feb  5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963虎 TigerFeb  1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023
Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964兔 RabbitJan 22, 2023 – Feb  9, 2024
Feb 13, 1964 – Feb  1, 1965 龍 DragonFeb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025
Feb  2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966蛇 SnakeJan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026
Jan 21, 1966 – Feb  8, 1967馬 HorseFeb 17, 2026 – Feb  5, 2027
Feb  9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968羊 GoatFeb  6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028
Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969 猴 MonkeyJan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029
Feb 17, 1969 – Feb  5, 1970鷄 RoosterFeb 13, 2029 – Feb  2, 2030
Feb  6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971狗 DogFeb  3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031
Jan 27, 1971 – Feb 14, 1972猪 PigJan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032
Feb 15, 1972 – Feb  2, 1973鼠 RatFeb 11, 2032 – Jan 30, 2033
Feb  3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974牛 OxJan 31, 2033 – Feb 18, 2034
Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975虎 TigerFeb 19, 2034 – Feb  7, 2035
Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976 兔 RabbitFeb  8, 2035 – Jan 27, 2036
Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977龍 DragonJan 28, 2036 – Feb 14, 2037
Feb 18, 1977 – Feb  6, 1978蛇 SnakeFeb 15, 2037 – Feb  3, 2038
Feb  7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979馬 HorseFeb  4, 2038 – Jan 23, 2039
Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980 羊 GoatJan 24, 2039 – Feb 11, 2040
Feb 16, 1980 – Feb  4, 1981猴 MonkeyFeb 12, 2040 – Jan 31, 2041
Feb  5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982鷄 RoosterFeb  1, 2041 – Jan 21, 2042
Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983狗 DogJan 22, 2042 – Feb  9, 2043
Feb 13, 1983 – Feb  1, 1984猪 PigFeb 10, 2043 – Jan 29, 2044
Chinese Animal Zodiac Sign Calculator.

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