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Chinese New Year Dates and Zodiac

The Chinese calendar is the oldest calendar and was created in 2600 BC. 

The calendar goes in 12 year cycles that are named after animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The story is Lord Budha summoned all the animals, and only 12 came.  In honor, he named the years after the 12 animals.  The order is based on the order of when the animals arrived.  Rat came first by hopping on the back of the Ox who ferried him across the river, and then jumping off ahead of him.

The Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar Year, so it starts on the first day of the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice (another Chinese Holiday).  The lunar cycle is 354 days in 12 months and the regular year is 365 days.  So about every 3 years, they have a leap month. 

Because the Chinese calendar is based on the Lunar New Year, people born in January usually have their Chinese Zodiac sign of the previous year.  For example a person born on January 25, 2009 would still be born in the Year of the Rat.

Couples will often plan what year they want to have their child, because the Animal of the Year reflects the personality of the child born that year.

Chinese New Year Start Date

Year Name

Chinese Year

February 5, 2019

Year of Pig/Boar

4685

February 16, 2018

Year of Dog

4684

January 28, 2017

Year of Rooster

4683

February 8, 2016

Year of Monkey

4682

February 19, 2015

Year of Sheep/Ram

4681

January 31, 2014

Year of Horse

4680

February 10, 2013

Year of Snake

4679

January 23, 2012

Year of Dragon

4678

February 3, 2011

Year of Rabbit

4678

February 14, 2010

Year of Tiger

4677

January 26, 2009

Year of Ox

4676

February 7, 2008

Year of Rat

4675

February 18, 2007

Year of Pig/Boar

4674

February 16, 2006

Year of Dog

4673

January 29,, 2005

Year of Rooster

4672

January 24, 2004

Year of Monkey

4671

February 01, 2003

Year of Sheep/Ram

4670

February 12, 2002

Year of Horse

4699

January 23, 2001

Year of Snake

4698

February 5, 2000

Year of Dragon

4697

February 16, 1999

Year of Rabbit

4696

January 28, 1998

Year of Tiger

4695

February 7, 1997

Year of Ox

4694

February 19, 1996

Year of Rat

4693

January 31, 1995

Year of Pig/Boar

4692

February 10, 1994

Year of Dog

4691

February 2, 1993

Year of Rooster

4690

February 4, 1992

Year of Monkey

4689

February 15, 1991

Year of Sheep/Ram

4688

January 27, 1990

Year of Horse

4687

February 6, 1989

Year of Snake

4686

February 17, 1988

Year of Dragon

4685

January 29, 1987

Year of Rabbit

4684

February 9, 1986

Year of Tiger

4683

February 20, 1985

Year of Ox

4682

February 2, 1984

Year of Rat

4681

February 13, 1983

Year of Pig/Boar

4680

January 25, 1982

Year of Dog

4679

February 16, 1981

Year of Rooster

4678

February 16, 1980

Year of Monkey

4677

January 28, 1979

Year of Sheep/Ram

4676

February 7, 1978

Year of Horse

4675

February 18, 1977

Year of Snake

4674

January 31, 1976

Year of Dragon

4673

January 11, 1975

Year of Rabbit

4672

January 23, 1974

Year of Tiger

4671

February 3, 1973

Year of Ox

4670

February 15, 1972

Year of Rat

4669

February 27, 1971

Year of Pig/Boar

4668

February 6, 1970

Year of Dog

4667

January 30, 1969

Year of Rooster

4666

January 30, 1968

Year of Monkey

4665

February 9, 1967

Year of Sheep/Ram

4664

January 21, 1966

Year of Horse

4663

February 2, 1965

Year of Snake

4662

February 13, 1964

Year of Dragon

4661

January 25, 1963

Year of Rabbit

4660

February 5, 1962

Year of Tiger

4659

February 15, 1961

Year of Ox

4658

February 28, 1960

Year of Rat

4657

February 8, 1959

Year of Pig/Boar

4656

February 18, 1958

Year of Dog

4655

February 12, 1957

Year of Rooster

4654

January 12, 1956

Year of Monkey

4653

January 24, 1955

Year of Sheep/Ram

4652

February 3, 1954

Year of Horse

4651

February 14, 1953

Year of Snake

4650

January 27, 1952

Year of Dragon

4649

February 6, 1951

Year of Rabbit

4648

February 27, 1950

Year of Tiger

4647

January 29, 1949

Year of Ox

4646

January 10, 1948

Year of Rat

4645

January 22, 1947

Year of Pig/Boar

4644

February 2, 1946

Year of Dog

4643

January 15, 1945

Year of Rooster

4642

January 25, 1944

Year of Monkey

4641

January 5, 1943

Year of Sheep/Ram

4640

February 15, 1942

Year of Horse

4639

January 27, 1941

Year of Snake

4638

February 8, 1940

Year of Dragon

4637

February 19, 1939

Year of Rabbit

4636

January 31, 1938

Year of Tiger

4635

January 11, 1937

Year of Ox

4634

 



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