2021 : Chinese New Year

February 12, 2021 all-day
Illuminations light up Nelson's Column In Trafalgar Square in London with the words "Happy New Year" on Wednesday night. The Lunar New Year, which will be the Year of the Ox, starts Friday.

Say goodbye to the Year of the Rat and hello to the Year of the Ox.

Lunar New Year – also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival – began Friday, February 12, 2021, ushering in the second animal on the Zodiac with the second new moon after the winter solstice.

When does Chinese New Year start?

Because the holiday is tied to the year’s first new moon, the timing will vary. It can fall in January or early February.

In China, the festival lasts 15 days, starting with a feast the night of New Year’s Eve and ending this year with the Spring Lantern Festival on Feb. 26.