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Chinese New Year Calendar 2016

Chinese New Year Calendar

Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese Calendar. It will be celebrate on 8 February 2016. Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides. Since Chinese New Year falls on different dates on the Gregorian calendar every year on different days of the week. The number of days for Chinese New Year Calendar varies from 3 days to 15 days, the highest number is for the United States. Here full Chinese New Year calendar is given in detail from which you can plan your holidays.

Chinese New Year Calendar


First Day of Chinese New Year Calendar is for the welcoming of the deities of the heavens and earth, officially beginning at midnight. People Usually burn Crackers, bamboo sticks and honor one’s elders and families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

Some families may invite alion dance troupe as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Chinese New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from the premises. Members of the family who are married also give red envelopes containing cash known as lai see or angpow.


The second day of Chinese New Year Calendar, known as “beginning of the year”.  Business people of the Cantonese dialect group will hold a ‘Hoi Nin’ prayer to start their business on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year so they will be blessed with good luck and prosperity in their business for the year.


The third day of Chinese New Year Calendar is known as “red mouth” Chigou, literally “red dog”, is an epithet of “the God of Blazing Wrath”. Rural villagers continue the tradition of burning paper offerings over trash fires. It is considered an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting. This is also considered a propitious day to visit the temple of the God of Wealth.


In those communities that celebrate Chinese New Year for 15 days, the fourth day is when corporate “spring dinners” kick off and business returns to normal. Other areas that have a longer Chinese New Year holiday will celebrate and welcome the gods in this day


Fifth day of Chinese New Year Calendar is the god of Wealth’s birthday. It is also common in China that on the 5th day people will shoot off firecrackers to get Guan Yu’s attention. In northern China, people eat jiaozi, or dumplings, on the morning of powu.


The seventh day, traditionally known as Renri (the common person’s birthday), is the day when everyone grows one year older. In Southeast Asia it is also the day when tossed raw fish salad, yusheng, is eaten for continued wealth and prosperity.

For many Chinese Buddhists, this is another day to avoid meat.  The seventh day commemorating the birth of Sakra, lord of the devas in Buddhist.


On Eight Day of Chinese New Year Calendar family dinner is held to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven. Approaching 12 midnight on this day, Hokkien people prepare for the “Jade Emperor ritual”. In Malaysia, especially, people light fireworks, often more than on the first day.


The ninth day of of Chinese New Year Calendar is a day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven in the Daoist Pantheon. This day, called Ti Kong Dan. Hokkiens will offer thanks to the Emperor of Heaven. Incense, tea, fruit, vegetarian food or roast pig, and gold paper is served as a customary protocol for paying respect to an honored person.


The Jade Emperor’s party is celebrated on tenth day of Chinese New Year Calendar


Thirteenth day of Chinese New Year Calendar is dedicated to the General Guan Yu, also known as the Chinese God of War. People will eat pure vegetarian food – in the belief that it will clean out their stomachs. Almost every organization and business in China will pray to Guan Yu on this day. Before his life ended.


The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as “Yuanxiao Festival”. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns. In China, Malaysia and Singapore, this day is celebrated by individuals seeking for a romantic partner, akin to Valentine’s Day.

This day often marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

Chinese New Year 2016

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Chinese New Year 2016 – Significance

Chinese New Year 2016 will celebrated in China between 21 January and 20 February. They follow lunar calendar and is also known as Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve. Chinese New Year is celebrated with food, families, lucky money (usually in a red envelope), and many other red things for good luck. Lion and dragon dances, drums, fireworks, firecrackers, and other types of entertainment fill the streets on this day. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.

Chinese New Year 2016 – Significance

Chinese New Year is celebrated as festivals and they called it Nian festival (Nian eans to pass the year). Chinese New Year’s Day itself was traditionally named Yuandan literally “the first sunrise”. 

The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Day. 2016 is a year of the Monkey.

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Chinese New Year’s Eve

Chinese New Year’s Eve represents the fresh start of a new year after a period of remembrance of the passing year, including on radio, television and in newspapers, which starts in early December in countries around the world. It is a day where families China gather for their annual “Reunion dinner”reunion dinner, named as Nian Ye Fan, is known as “Evening of the Passing”

Pasting red couplets, hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinner, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelops to kids etc are very famous.

Chinese New Year’s Eve Food

The New Year’s Eve food includes dishes of meat, fish, leek, jau gok, jiaozi, mandarin oranges, noodles, cakes and seafood (e.g. lobster and abalone) etc.

Chinese New Year's Eve

Red Envelopes

Red Envelopes or Red Packets are the traditional gifts given to each other during this festivals. This is not restricted to particular elders or seniors it may also given to kids or children. Red packets almost contain money and it may vary from one or two dollars to several hundreds. And the amount should be in even numbers. Each even numbers has some significance and Number 8 is considered as lucky and is being exchange most of the time in China and in U.S. Odd and even numbers are determined by the first digit, intead of the last.

The act of asking for red packets is normally called (Mandarin).


“Happy New Year!” (Xīn Nián Hǎo Ya; literally: “New Year’s Good, Ya”) is a popular children’s song for the New Year holiday. The melody is similar to the American folk song, Oh My Darling, Clementine. Due to the influence of “New Year’s Day”, others use Auld Lang Syne instead of this song.


Clothing mainly featuring the color red or bright colors is commonly worn throughout the New Year because it was once believed that red could scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.

Chinese New Year Symbols

Chinese New Year symbols is the red diamond-shaped fu characters which are displayed on the entrances of Chinese homes. For the Cantonese-speaking people, if the fuk sign is hung upside down, the implied dao (upside down) sounds like the Cantonese word for “pour”, producing “pour the luck.
Chinese New Year Symbols


The following are popular floral decorations for the New Year and are available at new year markets

Plum Blossom – symbolizes luckiness

Kumquat – symbolizes prosperity

Narcissus – symbolizes prosperity

Sunflower  – symbolizes a plant of good year

Eggplant – a plant to heal all of your sickness

Chom Mon Plant – a plant which gives you tranquility

When is Chinese New Year 2016?

It starts from 8 February 2016 and goes on till fifteenth day.

How Long is the Chinese New Year?

It is celebrated worldwide to mark the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and celebrations can last for about 15 days.

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