Chinese New Year for the year 2026 is celebrated/ observed on Tuesday, February 17th. This year the animal sign is the Snake.
Chinese New Year is the first day of the New Year in the Chinese lunisolar calendar (Chinese traditional calendar). It is also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival. The first day of the festival begins on the New Moon sometime each year between January 21st and February 20th. The holiday/festival lasts 16 days from New Year’s Eve to the 15th day of the New Year which also happens to be the Lantern Festival.
Lunisolar vs Gregorian calendar
The lunisolar calendar uses the location of the sun and the moon relative to the earth to determine dates on the calendar. The Gregorian calendar, which is the most widely used calendar in the world today uses the location of the sun relative to the earth to determine the dates on the calendar.
Many countries around the world that have ethnic Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year including America, Canada, many European countries, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippine’s and more. Many of the local communities around the world are called Chinatown like in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sydney.
Days to Chinese New Year 2026
Tuesday, February 17th is day number 48 of the 2026 calendar year with 3 years, 2 months, 21 days until Chinese New Year 2026.
|Chinese New Year|
|Name(s):||Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, Lunar New Year|
|When:||First day of new moon between Jan 1st and Feb 20th annually|
Dates for Chinese New Year
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Chinese New Year 2021||Friday, February 12, 2021||-653|
|Chinese New Year 2022||Tuesday, February 01, 2022||-299|
|Chinese New Year 2023||Sunday, January 22, 2023||56|
|Chinese New Year 2024||Saturday, February 10, 2024||440|
|Chinese New Year 2025||Saturday, March 01, 2025||825|
|Chinese New Year 2026||Tuesday, February 17, 2026||1178|