Happy New (4707) Chinese Year!

Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year which has the sign of the Ox. 2008 was the year of the Rat, while the 2010 will begin on Sunday, February 14, and it will have the sign of the Tiger.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February.

Below is a chart that shows the beginning day of Chinese New Year and the animal sign for that year.

Year Chinese New Year Begins Animal Sign
2000 February 5 Dragon
2001 January 24 Snake
2002 February 12 Horse
2003 February 1 Sheep
2004 January 22 Monkey
2005 February 9 Rooster
2006 January 29 Dog
2007 February 18 Pig
2008 February 7 Rat
2009 January 26 Ox
2010 February 14 Tiger
2011 February 3 Rabbit
2012 January 23 Dragon
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31 Horse
2015 February 19 Sheep
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig