2017 Chinese New Year and Festivals

2017 Chinese New Year Red Chicken2017 is the Year of the Chicken. 2017 Chinese New Year Date is on January 28, 2017 in China's time zone. Chinese New Year Day is the first moon day of the first Chinese lunar month. The first moon day is the new moon day.  The exact new moon time is at 08:08 on 28-Jan-17 in China's time zone.

The Year 2017 is the 4714th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4714th year on January 28, 2017. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Female Fire Chicken is the 34th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 34 = 4714, therefore 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken, which is the 4714th Chinese Year. According to Chinese Five Element (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) theory, Red is connected to Fire. Therefore, we can say 2017 is the Red Fire Chicken Year. Also, Chicken is equivalent to "Female" Metal. We prefer to say 2017 is the Chicken year, not Rooster year.

 Year Chinese Zodiac Sign PredictionChinese New Year Day
20202020 White Metal Rat YearJanuary, 25 2020 
20192019 Brown Earth Pig YearFebruary,  5 2019 
20182018 Brown Earth Dog YearFebruary, 16 2018 
20172017 Red Fire Chicken YearJanuary, 28 2017 
20162016 Red Fire Monkey YearFebruary,  8 2016 
20152015 Green Wood Sheep YearFebruary, 19 2015 
20142014 Green Wood Horse YearJanuary, 31 2014 
20132013 Black Water Snake YearFebruary, 10 2013 
20122012 Black Water Dragon YearJanuary, 23 2012 
20112011 White Metal Rabbit YearFebruary,  3 2011 
20102010 White Metal Tiger YearFebruary, 14 2010 
20092009 Brown Earth Cow YearJanuary, 26 2009 
20082008 Brown Earth Rat YearFebruary,  7 2008 
20072007 Red Fire Pig YearFebruary, 18 2007 
20062006 Red Fire Dog YearJanuary, 29 2006 
20052005 Green Wood Chicken YearFebruary,  9 2005 
20042004 Green Wood Monkey YearJanuary, 22 2004 
20032003 Black Water Sheep YearFebruary,  1 2003 
20022002 Black Water Horse YearFebruary, 12 2002 
20012001 White Metal Snake YearJanuary, 24 2001 
20002000 White Metal Dragon YearFebruary,  5 2000 

2017 Zodiacs: Rat  Cow  Tiger  Rabbit  Dragon  Snake  Horse  Sheep  Monkey  Chicken  Dog  Pig

2016 Chinese Neew Year Monkey Flower Chinese New Year is the biggest event in Chinese world. Chinese celebrate Chinese New Year for 15 days until Chinese Lantern Festival. The Chinese New Year Eve is the day of family reunion. Chinese TV stations provide many Chinese New Year special programs. Most Chinese stay awake until hearing the sound of firecrackers to welcome the Chinese New Year. On the Chinese New Year Day, people like to greet with  Gong Xi Fa Chai Gong Xi Fa Chai, which means "congratulations and make a fortune." to start the celebrations.

The second day of Chinese New Year is the Son-in-Law Day. Married women return their mother homes on this day. The third day of Chinese New Year is the Mice Wedding Day. The fourth day of Chinese New Year is the Welcome Home Day to the God of the Stove. The fifth day of Chinese New Year is the Welcome God of Wealth Day. Lots of business stores like to reopen on this day. The sixth day of Chinese New Year is the Clear-Water Master Day. The seventh day of Chinese New Year is The Human Day. The eighth day of Chinese New Year is The Completion Day. The ninth day of Chinese New Year is the Birthday of Jade Emperor, King of Heaven. The tenth day of Chinese New Year is The Eating Day. The eleventh day of Chinese New Year is The Break Day. The twelfth day of Chinese New Year is The Diarrhea Day. The 13th day of Chinese New Year is The Death Anniversary of Kuan Yu. The 14th day of Chinese New Year is The Lantern Decoration Day.  The 15th day of Chinese New Year is The Lantern Festival. The Chinese New Year Festival will end at Chinese Lantern Festival. But the displays of lantern shows will last for another 20 to 30 days.

The preparation to celebrate the Chinese New Year festival begins around 8th day of 12th lunar month. The last day of the Chinese New Year festival is on the 15th day of first lunar month. That means it's required about three weeks to prepare the festival and 15 days to celebrate it. Traditionally, a Chinese man works outside for living and his wife takes care everything inside home. A month is not long enough for a housewife to clean entire house, put new interior and exterior decoration, prepare new clothes and gifts for all family members, and food for many events. You can image that Chinese New Year festival combines Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day together.

Without knowing Chinese culture and religious, it's hard for non-Chinese to understand Chinese New Year celebrations. There are more information about the preparation of Chinese New Year festival in our site.