2017 Chinese New Year Dates and Animal Zodiac Signs Forecast

2017 Chinese New Year is on January 28, 2017 at China's time zone. This day is the first new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 08:07 a.m. on January 28, 2017 in China standard time zone, GMT+8.

2017 is the Chinese 4714th Year. Chinese calendar also uses a cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting system. Since (60 * 78) + 34 = 4714, 2017 is the 34th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Female Fire Chicken is the nickname of 34th Stem-Branch. Therefore, 2017 is the year of Fire Chicken. Because Red is connected to Fire, 2017 is also called Red Chicken Year. Some web sites say 2017 is the year of the Rooster. But the Stem-Branch calendar says it's a female.

Chinese Astrology doesn't simply use the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Chinese Astrology is a theory of Yin and Yang. Yin is the Earth and Yang is the Sun. Therefore, Chinese Astrology also uses the solar calendar. The first day of the astrological year is on February 3, 2017. More about 2017 Red Chicken New Year...

Chinese New Year's Day and Chinese Lunar Calendar

The Chinese New Year's Day is the new moon day of the first lunar month. According to Chinese Lunar calendar, the first lunar month is the second new moon after the lunar month contains Winter Solstice. The day of Winter Solstice is around December 23 in the western Gregorian calendar. As a result, Chinese New Year might fall in the second half of January or the first half of February.

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. At the beginning color animal counts only for the day. Later, Five Element scholars applied color animals on Year and Month cycles.

There are 12 animals, which are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, Pig, in the counting system. The Chinese calendar needs to assign a unique animal name for each day inside the lunar month. sometimes, Chinese Lunar Calendar needs to add an extra lunar month (Leap Lunar Month) in the cycle to match the speed of the solar cycle. For example, Year 2006, Chinese calendar has two 7th lunar months. A lunar month contains 29 or 30 days. Therefore, Chinese calendar needs 60 different animal names to make every single day unique for the case of leap lunar month.

To make the 60 unique color animal names, Chinese add 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. That's why each Chinese year has a color animal name. The first sign of 60 color animals is the Green Wood Rat, which can be found in 1924 and 1984.

The first day of the animal year is different from the Chinese New Year's Day. The animal year starts on the first day of the Tiger month. Tiger month begins from the day when Sun enters ecliptic 315 degree position, which is around February 4 Gregorian calendar. That means the animal month is solar month, not lunar month. This is why many people who born in January or February confuse about their animal sign of birth year. To verify the exact animal sign of birth year goes to use the free online Chinese Astrological Animal Sign page.

Because the Chinese New Year's day is based on the New Moon Day and different time zones might have different new moon days in Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year Days might fall different days in the USA time zones.

When is the Chinese New Year?

The following Chinese New Year Dates are calculated based on China time zone, which is east longitude 120 degree time.

 Year Chinese New Year DateChinese Zodiac Sign PredictionFirst Day of Animal Year
2020January 25, 20202020 White Metal Rat YearFebruary 4, 2020
2019February 5, 20192019 Brown Earth Pig YearFebruary 4, 2019
2018February 16, 20182018 Brown Earth Dog YearFebruary 4, 2018
2017January 28, 2017 2017 Red Fire Chicken YearFebruary 3, 2017
2016February 8, 20162016 Red Fire Monkey YearFebruary 4, 2016
2015February 19, 20152015 Green Wood Sheep YearFebruary 4, 2015
2014January 31, 20142014 Green Wood Horse YearFebruary 4, 2014
2013February 10, 20132013 Black Water Snake YearFebruary 4, 2013
2012January 23, 20122012 Black Water Dragon YearFebruary 4, 2012
2011February 3, 20112011 White Metal Rabbit YearFebruary 4, 2011
2010February 14, 20102010 White Metal Tiger Year February 4, 2010
2009January 26, 20092009 Brown Earth Cow Year February 4, 2009
2008February 7, 20082008 Brown Earth Rat YearFebruary 4, 2008
2007February 18, 20072007 Red Fire Pig YearFebruary 4, 2007
2006January 29, 20062006 Red Fire Dog YearFebruary 4, 2006
2005February 9, 20052005 Green Wood Chicken YearFebruary 4, 2005
2004January 22, 20042004 Green Wood Monkey YearFebruary 4, 2004
2003February 1, 20032003 Black Water Sheep YearFebruary 4, 2003
2002February 12, 20022002 Black Water Horse YearFebruary 4, 2002
2001January 24, 20012001 White Metal Snake YearFebruary 4, 2001
2000February 5, 20002000 White Metal Dragon YearFebruary 4, 2000
       
1900January 31, 1900 1900 White Metal Rat YearFebruary 4, 1900
1901February 19, 1901 1901 White Metal Cow YearFebruary 4, 1901
1902February 8, 1902 1902 Black Water Tiger YearFebruary 5, 1902
1903January 29, 1903 1903 Black Water Rabbit YearFebruary 5, 1903
1904February 16, 1904 1904 Green Wood Dragon YearFebruary 5, 1904
1905February 4, 1905 1905 Green Wood Snake YearFebruary 4, 1905
1906January 25, 1906 1906 Red Fire Horse YearFebruary 5, 1906
1907February 13, 1907 1907 Red Fire Sheep YearFebruary 5, 1907
1908February 2, 1908 1908 Brown Earth Monkey YearFebruary 5, 1908
1909January 22, 1909 1909 Brown Earth Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1909
1910February 10, 1910 1910 White Metal Dog YearFebruary 5, 1910
1911January 30, 1911 1911 White Metal Pig YearFebruary 5, 1911
1912February 18, 1912 1912 Black Water Rat YearFebruary 5, 1912
1913February 6, 1913 1913 Black Water Cow YearFebruary 4, 1913
1914January 26, 1914 1914 Green Wood Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1914
1915February 14, 1915 1915 Green Wood Rabbit YearFebruary 5, 1915
1916February 4, 1916 1916 Red Fire Dragon YearFebruary 5, 1916
1917January 23, 1917 1917 Red Fire Snake YearFebruary 4, 1917
1918February 11, 1918 1918 Brown Earth Horse YearFebruary 4, 1918
1919February 1, 1919 1919 Brown Earth Sheep YearFebruary 5, 1919
1920February 20, 1920 1920 White Metal Monkey YearFebruary 5, 1920
1921February 8, 1921 1921 White Metal Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1921
1922January 28, 1922 1922 Black Water Dog YearFebruary 4, 1922
1923February 16, 1923 1923 Black Water Pig YearFebruary 5, 1923
1924February 5, 1924 1924 Green Wood Rat YearFebruary 5, 1924
1925January 24, 1925 1925 Green Wood Cow YearFebruary 4, 1925
1926February 13, 1926 1926 Red Fire Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1926
1927February 2, 1927 1927 Red Fire Rabbit YearFebruary 5, 1927
1928January 23, 1928 1928 Brown Earth Dragon YearFebruary 5, 1928
1929February 10, 1929 1929 Brown Earth Snake YearFebruary 4, 1929
1930January 30, 1930 1930 White Metal Horse YearFebruary 4, 1930
1931February 17, 1931 1931 White Metal Sheep YearFebruary 5, 1931
1932February 6, 1932 1932 Black Water Monkey YearFebruary 5, 1932
1933January 26, 1933 1933 Black Water Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1933
1934February 14, 1934 1934 Green Wood Dog YearFebruary 4, 1934
1935February 4, 1935 1935 Green Wood Pig YearFebruary 5, 1935
1936January 24, 1936 1936 Red Fire Rat YearFebruary 5, 1936
1937February 11, 1937 1937 Red Fire Cow YearFebruary 4, 1937
1938January 31, 1938 1938 Brown Earth Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1938
1939February 19, 1939 1939 Brown Earth Rabbit YearFebruary 5, 1939
1940February 8, 1940 1940 White Metal Dragon YearFebruary 5, 1940
1941January 27, 1941 1941 White Metal Snake YearFebruary 4, 1941
1942February 15, 1942 1942 Black Water Horse YearFebruary 4, 1942
1943February 5, 1943 1943 Black Water Sheep YearFebruary 5, 1943
1944January 25, 1944 1944 Green Wood Monkey YearFebruary 5, 1944
1945February 13, 1945 1945 Green Wood Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1945
1946February 2, 1946 1946 Red Fire Dog YearFebruary 4, 1946
1947January 22, 1947 1947 Red Fire Pig YearFebruary 4, 1947
1948February 10, 1948 1948 Brown Earth Rat YearFebruary 5, 1948
1949January 29, 1949 1949 Brown Earth Cow YearFebruary 4, 1949
1950February 17, 1950 1950 White Metal Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1950
1951February 6, 1951 1951 White Metal Rabbit YearFebruary 4, 1951
1952January 27, 1952 1952 Black Water Dragon YearFebruary 5, 1952
1953February 14, 1953 1953 Black Water Snake YearFebruary 4, 1953
1954February 3, 1954 1954 Green Wood Horse YearFebruary 4, 1954
1955January 24, 1955 1955 Green Wood Sheep YearFebruary 4, 1955
1956February 12, 1956 1956 Red Fire Monkey YearFebruary 5, 1956
1957January 31, 1957 1957 Red Fire Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1957
1958February 18, 1958 1958 Brown Earth Dog YearFebruary 4, 1958
1959February 8, 1959 1959 Brown Earth Pig YearFebruary 4, 1959
1960January 28, 1960 1960 White Metal Rat YearFebruary 5, 1960
1961February 15, 1961 1961 White Metal Cow YearFebruary 4, 1961
1962February 5, 1962 1962 Black Water Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1962
1963January 25, 1963 1963 Black Water Rabbit YearFebruary 4, 1963
1964February 13, 1964 1964 Green Wood Dragon YearFebruary 5, 1964
1965February 2, 1965 1965 Green Wood Snake YearFebruary 4, 1965
1966January 21, 1966 1966 Red Fire Horse YearFebruary 4, 1966
1967February 9, 1967 1967 Red Fire Sheep YearFebruary 4, 1967
1968January 30, 1968 1968 Brown Earth Monkey YearFebruary 5, 1968
1969February 17, 1969 1969 Brown Earth Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1969
1970February 6, 1970 1970 White Metal Dog YearFebruary 4, 1970
1971January 27, 1971 1971 White Metal Pig YearFebruary 4, 1971
1972February 15, 1972 1972 Black Water Rat YearFebruary 5, 1972
1973February 3, 1973 1973 Black Water Cow YearFebruary 4, 1973
1974January 23, 1974 1974 Green Wood Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1974
1975February 11, 1975 1975 Green Wood Rabbit YearFebruary 4, 1975
1976January 31, 1976 1976 Red Fire Dragon YearFebruary 5, 1976
1977February 18, 1977 1977 Red Fire Snake YearFebruary 4, 1977
1978February 7, 1978 1978 Brown Earth Horse YearFebruary 4, 1978
1979January 28, 1979 1979 Brown Earth Sheep YearFebruary 4, 1979
1980February 16, 1980 1980 White Metal Monkey YearFebruary 5, 1980
1981February 5, 1981 1981 White Metal Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1981
1982January 25, 1982 1982 Black Water Dog YearFebruary 4, 1982
1983February 13, 1983 1983 Black Water Pig YearFebruary 4, 1983
1984February 2, 1984 1984 Green Wood Rat YearFebruary 4, 1984
1985February 20, 1985 1985 Green Wood Cow YearFebruary 4, 1985
1986February 9, 1986 1986 Red Fire Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1986
1987January 29, 1987 1987 Red Fire Rabbit YearFebruary 4, 1987
1988February 17, 1988 1988 Brown Earth Dragon YearFebruary 4, 1988
1989February 6, 1989 1989 Brown Earth Snake YearFebruary 4, 1989
1990January 27, 1990 1990 White Metal Horse YearFebruary 4, 1990
1991February 15, 1991 1991 White Metal Sheep YearFebruary 4, 1991
1992February 4, 1992 1992 Black Water Monkey YearFebruary 4, 1992
1993January 23, 1993 1993 Black Water Chicken YearFebruary 4, 1993
1994February 10, 1994 1994 Green Wood Dog YearFebruary 4, 1994
1995January 31, 1995 1995 Green Wood Pig YearFebruary 4, 1995
1996February 19, 1996 1996 Red Fire Rat YearFebruary 4, 1996
1997February 7, 1997 1997 Red Fire Cow YearFebruary 4, 1997
1998January 28, 1998 1998 Brown Earth Tiger YearFebruary 4, 1998
1999February 16, 1999 1999 Brown Earth Rabbit YearFebruary 4, 1999

Chinese New Year and Chinese Lantern Festival Celebration

Chinese Celebrate Chinese New Year festival for 15 days. They prepare Chinese New Year's eve and festival for a month long. To understand Chinese New Year Festival we need to learn from Chinese culture,geography, and religious first. The following articles provides detail information about Chinese New Year celebration, decorations, songs, food, parades, activities, stories, horoscopes and Chinese Lantern Festival.