Chinese New Year - New Moon

What does the moon have to do with the Chinese New Year?

  • The Chinese New Year Day falls on the new moon of the first lunar month. The first lunar month is the second lunar month after the lunar month that contains the Winter Solstice, which is around December 23. This means the Chinese New Years Day falls between January 21 and February 20. 
  • Because the Chinese New Year Day is based on a New Moon, the actual day of celebration can be different depending on the time zone. It can even be on a different day within a single country that has more than on time zone.
  • The Chinese calendar combines lunar, solar and color-animal (Stem-Branch) counting systems. The lunar counting system mainly is to count the lunar month. The solar counting system is to count the year and solar month for agriculture activities. The color animal is to count the every single solar day. 
  • There are 12 animals, which are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, Pig, in the counting system.
  • For a  Leap Lunar Month, or a year with an extra lunar month, an extra lunar month is added to the cycle to match the speed of the solar cycle. 
  • The Chinese calendar needs 60 different animal names to make every single day and adds the name of Five Elements, which are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, on the top of animal names. Five Elements are connected to colors, which are White, Black, Green, Red and Brown. 
  • The first day of the Animal Year is on the first day of the Tiger month, not on the Chinese New Year Day. 
  • A Tiger month begins from the day when Sun enters ecliptic 315 degree position, which is around February 4. That means the animal month is a solar month and not a lunar month. This also means you can be born early in the year of one animal but your actual birthday comes before that animal year actually starts, giving you the previous animal sign. 

Chinese New Year Dates in China's time zone:


Year Chinese
New Year  Day
Zodiac
Color Animal  Sign
First Day of
Animal Year






















































  1900   Jan 31 White Metal Rat Feb 4
  1901   Feb 19 White Metal Cow Feb 4
  1902   Feb 8 Black Water Tiger Feb 5
  1903   Jan 29 Black Water Rabbit Feb 5
  1904   Feb 16 Green Wood Dragon Feb 5
  1905   Feb 4 Green Wood Snake Feb 4
  1906   Jan 25 Red Fire Horse Feb 5
  1907   Feb 13 Red Fire Sheep Feb 5
  1908   Feb 2 Brown Earth Monkey Feb 5
  1909   Jan 22 Brown Earth Chicken Feb 4
  1910   Feb 10 White Metal Dog Feb 5
  1911   Jan 30 White Metal Pig Feb 5
  1912   Feb 18 Black Water Rat Feb 5
  1913   Feb 6 Black Water Cow Feb 4
  1914   Jan 26 Green Wood Tiger Feb 4
  1915   Feb 14 Green Wood Rabbit Feb 5
  1916   Feb 4 Red Fire Dragon Feb 5
  1917   Jan 23 Red Fire Snake Feb 4
  1918   Feb 11 Brown Earth Horse Feb 4
  1919   Feb 1 Brown Earth Sheep Feb 5
  1920   Feb 20 White Metal Monkey Feb 5
  1921   Feb 8 White Metal Chicken Feb 4
  1922   Jan 28 Black Water Dog Feb 4
  1923   Feb 16 Black Water Pig Feb 5
  1924   Feb 5 Green Wood Rat Feb 5
  1925   Jan 24 Green Wood Cow Feb 4
  1926   Feb 13 Red Fire Tiger Feb 4
  1927   Feb 2 Red Fire Rabbit Feb 5
  1928   Jan 23 Brown Earth Dragon Feb 5
  1929   Feb 10 Brown Earth Snake Feb 4
  1930   Jan 30 White Metal Horse Feb 4
  1931   Feb 17 White Metal Sheep Feb 5
  1932   Feb 6 Black Water Monkey Feb 5
  1933   Jan 26 Black Water Chicken Feb 4
  1934   Feb 14 Green Wood Dog Feb 4
  1935   Feb 4 Green Wood Pig Feb 5
  1936   Jan 24 Red Fire Rat Feb 5
  1937   Feb 11 Red Fire Cow Feb 4
  1938   Jan 31 Brown Earth Tiger Feb 4
  1939   Feb 19 Brown Earth Rabbit Feb 5
  1940   Feb 8 White Metal Dragon Feb 5
  1941   Jan 27 White Metal Snake Feb 4
  1942   Feb 15 Black Water Horse Feb 4
  1943   Feb 5 Black Water Sheep Feb 5
  1944   Jan 25 Green Wood Monkey Feb 5
  1945   Feb 13 Green Wood Chicken Feb 4
  1946   Feb 2 Red Fire Dog Feb 4
  1947   Jan 22 Red Fire Pig Feb 4
  1948   Feb 10 Brown Earth Rat Feb 5
  1949   Jan 29 Brown Earth Cow Feb 4
  1950   Feb 17 White Metal Tiger Feb 4
  1951   Feb 6 White Metal Rabbit Feb 4
  1952   Jan 27 Black Water Dragon Feb 5
  1953   Feb 14 Black Water Snake Feb 4
  1954   Feb 3 Green Wood Horse Feb 4
  1955   Jan 24 Green Wood Sheep Feb 4
  1956   Feb 12 Red Fire Monkey Feb 5
  1957   Jan 31 Red Fire Chicken Feb 4
  1958   Feb 18 Brown Earth Dog Feb 4
  1959   Feb 8 Brown Earth Pig Feb 4
  1960   Jan 28 White Metal Rat Feb 5
  1961   Feb 15 White Metal Cow Feb 4
  1962   Feb 5 Black Water Tiger Feb 4
  1963   Jan 25 Black Water Rabbit Feb 4
  1964   Feb 13 Green Wood Dragon Feb 5
  1965   Feb 2 Green Wood Snake Feb 4
  1966   Jan 21 Red Fire Horse Feb 4
  1967   Feb 9 Red Fire Sheep Feb 4
  1968   Jan 30 Brown Earth Monkey Feb 5
  1969   Feb 17 Brown Earth Chicken Feb 4
  1970   Feb 6 White Metal Dog Feb 4
  1971   Jan 27 White Metal Pig Feb 4
  1972   Feb 15 Black Water Rat Feb 5
  1973   Feb 3 Black Water Cow Feb 4
  1974   Jan 23 Green Wood Tiger Feb 4
  1975   Feb 11 Green Wood Rabbit Feb 4
  1976   Jan 31 Red Fire Dragon Feb 5
  1977   Feb 18 Red Fire Snake Feb 4
  1978   Feb 7 Brown Earth Horse Feb 4
  1979   Jan 28 Brown Earth Sheep Feb 4
  1980   Feb 16 White Metal Monkey Feb 5
  1981   Feb 5 White Metal Chicken Feb 4
  1982   Jan 25 Black Water Dog Feb 4
  1983   Feb 13 Black Water Pig Feb 4
  1984   Feb 2 Green Wood Rat Feb 4
  1985   Feb 20 Green Wood Cow Feb 4
  1986   Feb 9 Red Fire Tiger Feb 4
  1987   Jan 29 Red Fire Rabbit Feb 4
  1988   Feb 17 Brown Earth Dragon Feb 4
  1989   Feb 6 Brown Earth Snake Feb 4
  1990   Jan 27 White Metal Horse Feb 4
  1991   Feb 15 White Metal Sheep Feb 4
  1992   Feb 4 Black Water Monkey Feb 4
  1993   Jan 23 Black Water Chicken Feb 4
  1994   Feb 10 Green Wood Dog Feb 4
  1995   Jan 31 Green Wood Pig Feb 4
  1996   Feb 19 Red Fire Rat Feb 4
  1997   Feb 7 Red Fire Cow Feb 4
  1998   Jan 28 Brown Earth Tiger Feb 4
  1999   Feb 16 Brown Earth Rabbit Feb 4
  2000   Feb 5 White Metal Dragon Feb 4
  2001   Jan 24 White Metal Snake Feb 4
  2002   Feb 12 Black Water Horse Feb 4
  2003   Feb 1 Black Water Sheep Feb 4
  2004   Jan 22 Green Wood Monkey Feb 4
  2005   Feb 9 Green Wood Chicken Feb 4
  2006   Jan 29 Red Fire Dog Feb 4
  2007   Feb 18 Red Fire Pig Feb 4
  2008   Feb 7 Brown Earth Rat Feb 4
  2009   Jan 26 Brown Earth Cow Feb 4
  2010   Feb 14 White Metal Tiger Feb 4
  2011   Feb 3 White Metal Rabbit Feb 4
  2012   Jan 23 Black Water Dragon Feb 4
  2013   Feb 10 Black Water Snake Feb 4
  2014   Jan31 Green Wood Horse Feb 4
  2015   Feb 19 Green Wood Sheep Feb 4
  2016   Feb8 Red Fire Monkey Feb 4
  2017   Jan 28 Red Fire Chicken Feb 3
  2018   Feb 16 Brown Earth Dog Feb 4
  2019   Feb 5 Brown Earth Pig Feb 4
  2020   Jan 25 White Metal Rat Feb 4