Chinese New Year

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When Celebrated

Celebrated on the New Moon of the first day of the new year and ends 15 days later on the Full Moon. The 15th day of the New Year is called the Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year begins between late January to mid-February. Below are the upcoming Chinese New Year start dates and related zodiac animal signs...

  • 2012: January 23rd (Year of the Dragon)
  • 2013: February 10th (Year of the Snake)
  • 2014: January 31st (Year of the Horse)
  • 2015: February 19th (Year of the Sheep)


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About the Holiday

Chinese New Year is a Chinese holiday that is based on lunar and solar movements which is why the start dates varies each year. A Chinese proverb suggests that all creation is reborn on New Years Day and celebrates change. Since the 20th century Chinese New Year has often been referred to as Spring Festival. According to Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal from the Chinese Zodiac. There are twelve different animals and it's said that each year the characteristics of that animal are bestowed upon those born in that year.

Gift Guidelines

  • Red envelope with cash or gift card
  • Chinese zodiac t-shirt, bib, card, plaque, mug
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Bonsai Tree

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