When is Chinese New Year?

The first day of each Chinese year will always fall sometime between January 21 and February 21, inclusive. The traditional Chinese calendar is lunisolar, like the Hebrew calendar but unlike the Western (Gregorian) solar calendar or the Islamic lunar calendar.

The three links below give every Chinese New Year for one thousand years, starting in 1645, when Jesuit missionaries completed an important reform of the Chinese calendar. I've included the corresponding animal of the Chinese zodiac -- rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, or pig -- for each year.

Data derived from Helmer Aslaksen's site on the Chinese calendar. Used with permission.

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